Building Green: Atlanta's Green Infrastructure Approach

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The City of Atlanta has embraced the use of green infrastructure as a means of combined sewer capacity relief, ecosystem restoration, economic stimulus, and water quality control.  In February of 2013, Atlanta adopted one of the most far-reaching stormwater management ordinances in the country.  The ordinance helped lay the groundwork for a robust green infrastructure program, both for private development as well as capital improvement projects undertaken by the City.  To date, the City has permitted over 2,000 construction projects that utilize green infrastructure to reduce the volume of polluted runoff.  In addition, the City is currently installing the largest permeable paver roadway project in North America - six miles - to help alleviate flooding in neighborhoods served by the City’s combined sewer infrastructure.

 Learning Objectives:

  1.  Find out how the City of Atlanta successfully adopted and implemented the use of green  infrastructure as a means of stormwater runoff volume reduction.
  2.  See examples of how the City has utilized green infrastructure as a means of regional combined sewer capacity relief, including the largest permeable paver roadway retrofit project in  North America which is currently under construction in southeast Atlanta.
  3.  Learn how erosion and sediment control coupled with careful installation techniques can help to ensure the proper long-term function of green infrastructure practices.

Course Level: Intermediate

Cory Rayburn, CPESC, CFM, Env SP

Cory Rayburn is a Construction Project Manager for the City of Atlanta’s Environmental Restoration Division. He has played a lead role in adopting and implementing Atlanta's Green Infrastructure standards for new and redevelopment projects in the City. Cory attended the University of Georgia, receiving a B.S. in Environmental Health Science and a B.A. in Anthropology and recently earned a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Kennesaw State University. Cory also serves as District Supervisor on the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District.

At the completion of this course you will receive 1 Professional Development Hour of credit. For any questions on continuing education credit, please contact IECA Education at


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