The introductory course in the urban Green Infrastructure foundation series, Drainage and Hydrology in NYC, presents NYC-specific information regarding the natural and infrastructural systems that influence the design, construction, maintenance and monitoring of urban green infrastructure. The seven hour seminar is divided into shorter segments, focusing on things like soil and water, taught by different professionals working on Green Infrastructure in and around NYC. Pratt will offer two opportunities during the Fall to enroll in Drainage and Hydrology in NYC, September 10 or October 22.
While learning facts and design concepts in a classroom is helpful, any future Green Infrastructure professional must get his hands dirty on the field. To satisfy this need, a Green Infrastructure Site Assessment class comprises of the second half of the fundamentals courses, offered on September 17 and October 29. Starting from the IKEA Ferry Landing in Red Hook, Brooklyn, students engage in a three-hour tour of the Columbia Street Greenway, part of the Brooklyn Greenway project. During the tour, students are exposed to environmental, infrastructural, and cultural site assessments necessary for a public right-of-way project. Afterwards, a different tour takes place, this time on top of one of Brooklyn Greenroof’s projects in Gowanus, Brooklyn. There, an instructor explain site considerations of a green roof project, including different manufactured systems, structural and drainage considerations, and some information on monitoring techniques.
The Fundamentals of Urban Green Infrastructure courses represent Pratt’s attempt to launch a revolutionary Green Infrastructure curriculum for professionals in the design, construction, and management and monitoring industries. Additional courses will become available in the Spring, where students well-versed in the fundamentals may choose an area of concentration and work towards a possible Urban Green Infrastructure Professional certificate. There is still time to sign up for the first class, and become a vital part of New York City’s budding green workforce!
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