Green Girl Land Development Solutions LLC

EVENTS to learn about Cost-Effective Green Infrastructure Implementation
for professionals, contractors, and the general public

"Maria clearly demonstrated her knowledge of the subject matter and did a great job presenting the information in ways that were understandable and meaningful.”
— Susan Weedall, Forest Heights Homeowners Association, Chair of the Go Green Committee
WBE, DBE, & an
Oregon Benefit LLC
Presenting to developers, agency staff, designers, and the general public at the Oregon Environmental Council's Stormwater Solutions event in Grants Pass, OR.Presenting to developers, agency staff, designers, and the general public at the Oregon Environmental Council's Stormwater Solutions event in Grants Pass, OR.

Who should attend: anyone interested or engaged in implementing sustainable stormwater practices including commercial and residential contractors; public works staff; landscape architects, designers, and contractors; planners; architects; engineers; natural resource managers; builders; developers, homeowners and the general public.

Continuing Education Credits: These classes are likely to meet the continuing education credit requirements for engineers, archtitects, designers, contractors, and others.

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Upcoming Events
Date & Time
City Topic & Other Details
Oct 25th & 26th
North Bend, OR

RESCHEDULED FOR EARLY 2017: Green Infrastructure: Best Management Practices for On-site Stormwater Management



DAY 1: Interactive Workshop
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Happy hour at the 7 Devils Brewery

  • Review BMPs suitable for all types of development and retrofits & how to prioritize based on capacity for water quality treatment
    Become familiar with SLOPES V (Standard Local Operating Procedures for Endangered Species) and LID implementation
  • Understand the relationship between green infrastructure and climate resiliency
  • Learn effective communication strategies for your LID project team and LID public education

DAY 2: Technical Field Class
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
You must attend Day 1 to sign up for Day 2. Lots of networking opportunities!

  • Assess function of exiting BMPs for water quality treatment and runoff reduction capacity
  • Identify potential retrofit LID BMP locations and prioritize based on existing land development
  • Identify pollutant sources
  • Discuss site BMP regulations and incentives
  • Identify public outreach opportunities


Private & Public:
• Architects
• Building Officials
• Engineers
• Landscape & Construction Contractors
• Landscape Architects
• Maintenance Staff
• Planners
• Plans Reviewers
• Water Quality Outreach & Advocacy Staff
• Water Quality Program Managers

WHERE: Coos History Museum (1210 N Front St, Coos Bay, OR)

Day 1: $60 (catered lunch included)
Both Days: $105 *

Coffee, tea, & light breakfast provided both days.
*Please bring brown bag lunch for Day 2 or cash on Day 1 to order sandwiches for Day 2.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: The technical field class is pre-approved for 5 LCB credits (for contractors licensed through the Landscape Contracting Board of Oregon). You may also apply for other credits through your respective licensing organizations, using the learning objectives listed below.


If you're interesed in finding out when the next event will be, please email Maria Cahill

Maria Cahill, Principal
Green Girl Land Development Solutions
Maria Cahill owns a certified woman-owned business, Green Girl Land Development Solutions LLC, and has 17 years of experience in green land development projects in civil engineering and landscape architecture firms. Maria provides technical assistance and builds the capacity of land development professionals to create healthy, resilient communities. Maria has facilitated numerous trainings on green infrastructure topics to various audiences, from homeowners to jurisdictional staff, in locations throughout the U.S. making complex topics understandable.

With Teaching Assistance From:

Jenna Tilt
Oregon State University
Topic: Public Outreach & Communication, Policy

Dr. Tilt is an assistant professor (Senior Research) in the Geography program at Oregon State University.  She received her degree from University of Washington and previously worked as a natural resource lands planner for King County, Washington. Her research focus lies at the intersection between natural environments, land use planning and policy, and human behavior.  Current research projects include: examining the benefits and challenges of adapting urban green infrastructure practices for rural communities; understanding the role of social networks and natural resource decision making in the food-energy-water nexus; and residential migration and recreation patterns along the wildland-urban interface.

William Fletcher
Oregon Department of Transportation
Topic: BMPs for transporation systems

BSc in Geology from the University of Oregon
Cand Real (roughly equivalent to a PhD) in Physical Geography (fluvial geomorphology) from the University of Oslo
3.5 years at the Portland District of the Corps of Engineers focused on bank erosion and dredge material disposal
28 years at ODOT, with the primary focus on stormwater and wetlands, with incursions into environmentally sensitive bank protection. Member of the multi-agency working group that developed stormwater management criteria for highway projects for SLOPES/FAHP and 401 certifications. Vicious reviewer of the LID template.
NCHRP Project panel member for multiple research projects on stormwater, environmentally sensitive bank protection and stream channel hydrology (chair on 3 projects)

Frank Burris
Oregon State Universtiy Extension
Topic: Watershed health & vegetated stormwater facilities (rain gardens, stormwater planters, and LID swales)

Frank Burris has served as Watershed Management Educator in Coos and Curry Counties for the OSU Extension Service and Oregon Sea Grant since 2000, and his interests include: water quality, wetlands and estuary education and restoration, and Low Impact Development. He is the County Leader of the Curry County OSU Extension office, the Facilitator of the Wild Rivers Coast Forest Collaborative, and a member of the Regional Steering Committee for the Rural Tourism Initiative. Frank lives in Gold Beach, Oregon with his lovely wife, Jan, and their dog, Maddy.

Download Resources for Past Events
Event Date
Topic or class
Vegetated Stormwater Facilities Technical Field Class, Coos Bay, OR
Maintaining Green Streest & Rain Gardens
Crash Course in LID
Landscapes that Lower Your Energy Bill, Lake Oswego, OR
Rain Gardens 201 Technical Field Class
Sustainble Principles for Land Development
Sustainability Tour for Bend Sustainable Building Advisor Program
Beaverton Pervious Concrete Tour
Rogue Community College: Sustainability Construction Career Pathyway Workshop (Sustainable Principles for Land Development for Educators)
PCC: Summer Sustainability Institute (Sustainable Principles for Land Development for Educators)
Sprout Soak It Up: Raingardens Class
Willamette University: Economics of Sustainability
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