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Regional Reflections on Green Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions: Great Lakes


The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (AAAS EPI Center), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water (EPA OW), and the White House hosted a webinar in a series that highlights regional examples of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions. In this event, speakers discussed their work across the Great Lakes to plan and implement unique green infrastructure and nature-based solutions.

The expert panelists shared their unique, regional experiences planning and implementing green infrastructure and nature-based solutions in the Great Lakes region. Additionally, speakers shared opportunities, challenges, barriers, and lessons learned from the design and planning to implementation to operations and maintenance of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions. This 90-minute event is one in a series of regionally-based webinars, including New England, Mid-Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay, Gulf Coast and Southeast, the Southwest, and the Northwest.

This virtual event was recorded and was open to the public, as well as federal and state employees, municipal and county leadership, local water leaders, municipal and county agencies, local practitioners, academic groups, and community advocacy groups and community members.


  • Kelly Coffman, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP – Principal Planner, Cleveland Metroparks
  • Breanne L. Plier, AICP, Manager of Sustainability,  Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Sara McMillan, Associate Professor, Purdue University
  • Dr. Nic Kinsman, Coastal Resilience Interagency Working Group Co-Lead, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Please direct questions to the AAAS EPI Center at

Event Contact

Rebecca Aicher

Project Director, AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

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