News | November 1, 2018

WEF Partners With National Recreation And Park Association To Provide Green Infrastructure Training To Parks Professionals

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is partnering with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to adapt and deliver the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) curriculum to professionals responsible for land management and maintenance and operations of municipal parks throughout the country.

In May 2019, NRPA will host a 2.5-day NGICP training for park and/or affiliated professionals in Philadelphia in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. NRPA will award 25 applicants with scholarships to attend the training and sit for the certification exam. The application process opens on Nov. 1, 2018 and closes on Dec. 17, 2018.

“This training opportunity is an offering of NRPA’s Great Urban Parks Campaign, which aims to promote and advance green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks,” states Lori Robertson, NRPA’s director of conservation. “We are excited to partner with WEF to bring this training opportunity to park professionals to ensure they have the proper skills and knowledge to construct and maintain high quality green infrastructure projects in parks."

NGICP provides the base-level skill set needed for entry-level workers to properly construct, inspect, and maintain green stormwater infrastructure. Designed to meet international best practice standards, NGICP is a tool that can be used to meet a wide range of needs, including professional development for existing professionals and as part of a larger workforce development effort to provide candidates with the technical skills necessary for employment. To date, almost 400 individuals have earned the NGICP certification.

“Green infrastructure provides many benefits to our environment and communities, from reducing stormwater pollution to beautifying areas, but it must be properly installed and maintained,” Eileen O’Neill, WEF executive director. “We are thrilled to partner with NRPA to provide a training program in green infrastructure for professionals at municipal parks throughout the country.”

NGICP offers opportunities to become a certified individual, program partner, trainer, supporter of certifications, and sponsor. NGICP also seeks to work with philanthropic groups to reach under-represented members of the workforce and rural communities.

To learn more about the NGICP program, click here.

To learn more about the NRPA scholarship application, click here.

About The Water Environment Federation
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment. As a global water sector leader, our mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation. For more information, visit www.wef.org.

About The National Recreation And Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

SOURCE: The Water Environment Federation (WEF)