On April 11, American Rivers and Green for All announced a report on operations and maintenance of green infrastructure facilities. The report highlights maintenance costs for various types of green infrastructure. In addition, it identifies barriers to green infrastructure maintenance but also highlights success stories and provides recommendations for overcoming such barriers.
Limited training and certification is one barrier. In response, the report highlights several examples of training programs, including North Carolina State University’s Best Management Practice Inspection and Maintenance Certification, which can serve as a model for local governments.
The topic of training leads into the companion report, Staying Green and Growing Jobs: Green Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance as Career Pathway Stepping Stones. This report focuses on existing job opportunities related to green infrastructure and how to improve career opportunities and job quality.