This 4 After-Work Training Sessions + a Demo Depaving Event can turn Northeast Ohio from Grey to Green. Let’s turn some parking lots into paradise!

The training includes a course of 4 sessions, 3 hours each – and you need to attend all of them to get your certificate.

Wednesdays February 8, 15, 22, and March 8, 2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek, 2277 West Ridgewood Drive, Parma, OH.

Sessions #1, 3, and 4 will start with live online training by Eric Rosewall, the founder of Depave in Portland, Oregon, and finish with local Northeast Ohio information, discussion, and resources.

Session #2 will be all local, identifying areas and properties that are in the greatest need of depaving and re-greening.

SESSION 1: Overview of depave project/process; finding potential sites, developing relationships with hosts, recruiting site partners, community scoping/survey, site selection

SESSION 2: Hands-on training using online resources, apps & map tools, and local knowledge, to identify sites, ownership, potential for stormwater runoff reduction, etc.

SESSION 3: Project planning & budgeting; site investigation, soil testing, infiltration testing, drainage area, site plan development, post-depave site elements, excavation & post-depave process, contractors vs. volunteers, hauling and disposal, planting budgeting, insurance, power-tools, roles of site hosts

SESSION 4: Depave event planning, permitting, funders and sponsors, site design, community outreach & volunteer engagement, event promotion and publicity, post-depave site monitoring

THE FINAL TRAINING AND DEPAVING EVENT will take place on May 6 & 7, where we’ll  put all we’ve learned into practice and turn a little bit of paving into a little bit of paradise.

Learn more about the Depave organization and get a little inspired about what we can do here.

REGISTER TODAY. SPACE IS LIMITED. The course is free, and a light dinner will be provided.

To register, or for more information, call Kacey at 216-241-2414 ext. 255 or email

This program of the Cuyhaoga River Restoration is made possible by a grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund / OhioEPA.