Kathy Drury Becomes Trainer for WEF’s National Green Infrastructure Certification Program
Kathy Drury, a senior environmental scientist at HDR, recently became a trainer for the Water Environment Federation’s National Green Infrastructure Certification Program.
She participated in the training on behalf of the City of Newark, New Jersey, and its newly developed Green Works Program. The instructor for the virtual Train-the-Trainer program was Dwane Jones, Ph.D., director of the Center for Sustainable Development & Resilience and Acting Dean of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia.
Newark Green Works, along with the Newark Workforce Development Board, is offering opportunities to Newark residents to participate in NGICP to become skilled workers in green infrastructure construction, inspection and maintenance. As the green infrastructure practice continues to grow in New Jersey and with more installations planned in Newark as part of their Long Term Control Plan, Green Works is preparing a local workforce for the increased demand.
As a trainer, Drury will be part of the Newark Green Works team to train NGICP program participants. This training focuses on 12 modules that include technical information about bioretention, rainwater harvesting, permeable pavement practices, and site safety and management. The participants are required to take the 35-hour course and pass an exam to be certified.
“We are so excited that Kathy completed this NGICP training with the City of Newark and that together they will put it to good use to train residents as part of Newark Green Works,” said Julie Stein, HDR’s New York/New Jersey water resource management development lead.
Beyond the Newark program, the trainer certification allows Drury to join other NGICP-partnering organizations across the country to assist with their program development and training.