Green Jobs, Bluegrass Event | May 6, 2022
Join us outdoors on Friday, May 6 from 10am-2pm for an event featuring live demonstrations of green infrastructure practices and information sessions with local employers including:
- Berkeley County Water District
- Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
- Sustainable Solutions
- Downstream Strategies
- Berkeley County Stormwater District
- and more
This event celebrates the launch of a new program in Berkeley County — one involving a collaboration among five regional partners and community members to create a “green jobs” workforce and complete stream remediation and water quality improvement projects over the next three years.
The kickoff event, to be held outdoors on the main campus of Blue Ridge Community and Technical college in Martinsburg, provides opportunities for local high school and Blue Ridge CTC students to observe and participate in live demonstrations of green infrastructure (GI) tools and practices; apply for paid internships; meet potential employers; and learn about enrollment in Blue Ridge CTC’s Environmental Science Technician workforce study program.
Canaan Valley Institute and its regional partners were awarded a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in 2021 to fund a pilot Green Infrastructure Implementation and Workforce Development program in Berkeley County, WV.
*Project partners: Canaan Valley Institute, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College (BRCTC), Berkeley County Public Service Stormwater District, the Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council (Region 9), and Downstream Strategies.
What is Green Infrastructure?
Runoff from stormwater is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. It carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants through storm sewers into local waterways. Heavy rainstorms can cause flooding that damages property and infrastructure.
Historically, communities have used gray infrastructure—systems of gutters, pipes, and tunnels—to move stormwater away from where it falls and direct it either to treatment plants or straight into local water bodies. Green infrastructure uses natural materials to filter and absorbs stormwater where it falls.
Green infrastructure is an effective, economical and environmentally-friendly way to manage stormwater runoff and pollution in urban and residential areas.
According to the EPA, the term “green infrastructure” refers to “the range of measures that use plant or soil systems, permeable pavement or other permeable surfaces or substrates, stormwater harvest and reuse, or landscaping to store, infiltrate, or evapotranspirate stormwater and reduce flows to sewer systems or to surface waters.”
Learn more about green infrastructure practices on the EPA website.