Events & Training

LIVING CITY CAMPUS
EVENTS & TRAINING

NOTE: For school groups (K-12) and general public programming, please visit the Kortright Centre for Conservation.


 

The Living City Campus is an educational hub where industry professionals and homeowners alike gather to learn, share and discover.

Our education and training workshops cover a range of interest areas, including:

  • Water

  • Renewable Energy

  • Sustainable Design & Construction

  • Sustainable Living

  • Monitoring

The Living City Campus is home to a range of technology demonstration sites that are incorporated into course curriculum, where possible, as a means of enhancing the learning experience through hands-on participation, and by providing a unique interactive experience that aims to transform not only individual perspectives, but also our collective capacity to build a healthy and lasting city region.

Our roster of professional instructors and presenters include leading industry experts from around the world, who come to the campus with a passion to share their expertise, their knowledge and their years of practical experience.


 

THE LIVING CITY CAMPUS CALENDAR

 

  UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

Low Impact Development Workshop: March 8-9, 2017

Low impact development (LID), an innovative stormwater management approach that treats, infiltrates, filters, and retains runoff at the source, is increasingly being used for stormwater management in Thunder Bay. Construction of LID practices involves techniques and specifications that are complimentary to, but differ from traditional practices. Knowledge of proper LID technologies and construction methods minimizes costly repairs. During this two day course experienced course instructors from Credit Valley Conservation, a leader for LID in Ontario will present valuable lessons learned from LID examples in Ontario and similar cold climate regions.

Engineers, Architects, Landscape Designers and Contractors, Planners and Students should consider attending one or both days of the training course.

Day 1 – Infrastructure – The Need to Evolve to Address 21st Century Challenges
Day 2 – How to Properly Construct Low Impact Development Stormwater Management

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TRIECA 2017: March 22-23, 2017

Hosted by Toronto and Region Conservation and the Great Lakes Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association, TRIECA is an annual 2-day conference during which industry professionals share their expertise, challenges and experiences in the fields of innovative stormwater management and erosion and sediment control practices.

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Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control in Calgary, AB: March 23-24, 2017

The 1.5-day training course covers roles and responsibilities, background information, inspecting best management practices, regulations and compliance, and conducting construction site inspections. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in classroom exercises reviewing ESC plans and reports.

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Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol – Headwater Drainage Features Course: March 27, 2017

This module is provincially recognized as a standard by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. It provides rapid assessment approaches to evaluating ecological conditions at stream crossings (i.e. culverts). The Headwater module assesses the flow, form, riparian conditions, and sediment transport and deposition characteristics of streams.

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Learn to Construct Low Impact Development (LID): March 28, 2017

Traditional stormwater management methods are expensive to build and maintain.  That’s why municipalities and developers are shifting to Low Impact Development (LID) techniques to better manage stormwater runoff on site. In this workshop, local conservation authorities will share technical expertise and experience to help you learn how to construct LIDs effectively.

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Low Impact Development Construction, Inspection, and Maintenance Workshop: March 29, 2017

The practice of erosion and sediment control (ESC) during construction is a critical component necessary for the protection of the natural environment including sensitive water bodies, terrestrial habitat and aquatic ecosystems. The success of any construction site ESC strategy depends on a comprehensive, site specific ESC plan followed by effective installation and ongoing maintenance of the proposed ESC measures. Proper knowledge and training for all individuals involved in the ESC process, from tendering to design to installation and inspection, is a key step toward improving industry practices.

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One Day Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop: May 9, 2017

Low impact development (LID), an innovative stormwater management approach that treats, infiltrates, filters, and retains runoff at the source, is quickly becoming the new norm in Ontario. This workshop will benefit anyone involved in the construction of LID projects including landscapers, contractors and contract administrators, conservation authority and agency staff, municipal inspectors, consulting and construction engineers. This workshop is hosted by the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

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Repairing Incised and Degraded (Urbanized) Streams – Natural Channel Design, Biotechnical Techniques and Case Studies: June 5-6, 2017

This two-day course will present the current state of the art with regards to environmentally-sensitive stream and river repair and bank protection. The training will combine classroom and hands on learning – combining theory with the practical applications and lots of case studies. The classroom sessions will cover topics like basic fluvio-geomorphology, stream forms and processes, Proper Functioning Condition, hydromodification and environmentally-sensitive techniques.

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Erosion and Sediment Control Field Training: June 7, 2017

The practice of erosion and sediment control (ESC) during construction is a critical component necessary for the protection of the natural environment including sensitive water bodies, terrestrial habitat and aquatic ecosystems. Participants in this one-day field training session will come away with a greater knowledge of proper installation techniques, methodologies and tools and will have a better understanding of inspection and maintenance requirements, both of which will contribute to improved performance of ESC practices in the field.

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Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control in Woodbridge, ON: November 14-15, 2017

The 1.5-day training course covers roles and responsibilities, background information, inspecting best management practices, regulations and compliance, and conducting construction site inspections. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in classroom exercises reviewing ESC plans and reports.

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MTO Fisheries Specialists Training Under the MTO/DFO/OMNRF Fisheries Protocol: Dates TBD

This 3 day combined training session for both Fisheries Assessment and Fisheries Contracts Specialists will provide technical training on the MTO/DFO/OMNRF Fisheries Protocol. Please note that there will be an exam at the end of the course.

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  ONLINE LEARNING

 

Webinar – The Use of Stormwater Management Low Impact Developments (LIDs) for Quantity Control: March 9, 2017

SWM LIDs are often used for quality control of runoff. The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA), with help of local consultants, developers and municipalities, has used SWM LIDs on various projects control on-site flows under post-development conditions. This webinar is intended for inspectors, engineers, and people working at permitting agencies.

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Webinar – Event-based Monitoring and Modelling of Soil Loss from Southern Ontario Basins during Pre-Development and Development Activities: May 24, 2017

How do we design effective erosion and sediment controls for construction sites?  Many of the deleterious effects of eroding soils entering waterways have been well-documented, but the answer to this question remains elusive. This webinar summarizes the results of two years of field investigation and water quality data analysis intended to help address this question and improve the state-of-the-art of erosion and sediment control (ESC) design.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Maintaining Stormwater Management Facilities: A How-To Guide

This previously recorded webinar will provide a step-by-step guide to the cost-effective and timely planning and execution of sediment removal projects for stormwater management ponds and constructed wetlands.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Creating More Absorbent Landscapes Through Soil Amendments

This previously recorded webinar presents recommended best practices and minimum standards for preserving and restoring healthy soil in landscaped areas during urban construction and will highlight current efforts underway to standardize soil specifications across Ontario.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Clarifying TRCA Expectations for Detailed Erosion and Sediment Control Plans

In this previously recorded webinar, TRCA planning ecologist Maria Parish explains the approach and principles that TRCA is advocating with respect to Erosion and Sediment Control plans.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Soil Risk Assessment Tool

In this previously recorded webinar, Jennifer Thompson, of Azimuth Environmental provides a step-by-step overview of the Soil Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Isolating In Water and Near Water Works

This previously recorded webinar will help guide the planning and implementation of in-water works to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, regulations, policies and programs for Permit Applications under Regulation 166/06.

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E-Learning Course – Introduction to Low Impact Development

This online course has been developed to introduce participants to the concept of Low Impact Development (LID). It is intended for developers, consultants, municipal staff, landowners or anyone looking to gain a general knowledge of sustainable stormwater planning and practices.

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E-Learning Course – Design of Infiltration Practices: Low Impact Development Technical Training

This online course has been developed to provide participants with the technical training required to design Low Impact Development (LID) infiltration practices and guides them through the steps of the design process.

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E-Learning Course – Polymers for Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control

This online course has been developed to familiarize participants with the concepts of polymers and how they can be used for Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) on construction sites.

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E-Learning Course – Introduction to Erosion and Sediment Control

This online course has been developed to introduce participants to the concepts of Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC). It is intended for contractors, developers, consultants, municipal staff, landowners or anyone looking to gain a general knowledge of erosion and sediment control concepts and best management practices.

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  UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction: May 6, 2017

The Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction workshop is designed to introduce participants to the criteria for the selection of a solar electric (photovoltaic) or wind energy system.

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Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems: May 7, 2017

The Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems workshop connects the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy production with the components required for back up systems for off-grid systems or emergency back up energy systems for homes.

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Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction: June 3, 2017

The Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction workshop is designed to introduce participants to the criteria for the selection of a solar electric (photovoltaic) or wind energy system.

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Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems: June 4, 2017

The Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems workshop connects the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy production with the components required for back up systems for off-grid systems or emergency back up energy systems for homes.

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Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction: August 19, 2017

The Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction workshop is designed to introduce participants to the criteria for the selection of a solar electric (photovoltaic) or wind energy system.

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Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems: August 20, 2017

The Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems workshop connects the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy production with the components required for back up systems for off-grid systems or emergency back up energy systems for homes.

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Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction: November 18, 2017

The Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction workshop is designed to introduce participants to the criteria for the selection of a solar electric (photovoltaic) or wind energy system.

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Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems: November 19, 2017

The Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems workshop connects the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy production with the components required for back up systems for off-grid systems or emergency back up energy systems for homes.

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  ONLINE LEARNING

 

E-learning Course – Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Operation and Maintenance (O&M)

This free online course is intended for anyone involved in day-to-day operation and management of a solar photovoltaic system, or responsible for procuring services to conduct O&M on a PV system.

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E-learning Course – Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Commissioning

This free course is intended for anyone interested in learning about the various activities involved in the comprehensive commissioning of grid-tied solar photovoltaic systems.

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