New Green Infrastructure Training Opportunity Available

SOURCE: National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

NRPA to award 25 applicants with program scholarships

Ashburn, Va. (Nov. 1, 2018) — The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is partnering with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to adapt and deliver the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) curriculum to professionals responsible for the land management and maintenance and operations of municipal parks throughout the country. Initiated under the leadership of WEF and DC Water, the NGICP is a national-level certification program aimed at creating a pool of credentialed field workers that possess the foundational knowledge to properly build, inspect and maintain green infrastructure stormwater practices across the United States.

 “This training opportunity is an offering of NRPA’s Great Urban Parks Campaign (GUPC), 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."

 “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.” 

In May 2019 NRPA will host a 2.5-day NGICP training for park and/or affiliated professionals in Philadelphia, PA, 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.        

To learn more about the NGICP program, click here.

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

To learn more about NRPA, visit  

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 For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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. To learn more, visit

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