Low Impact Development Web-Based Training

Background: Across North Carolina, communities are exploring new ways to become more sustainable by reducing the impacts of growth on our unique and vital natural resources. Concurrently, municipalities are mandated to implement stormwater requirements. As a result of this growing interest in sustainability and the need for a more coordinated guidance for citizens of North Carolina, a multi-faceted education program was created by an interdisciplinary team and funded through an EPA Section 319 grant.

 Guidebook and Website: In 2009, North Carolina State University’s Cooperative Extension Service published Low Impact Development: A Guidebook for North Carolina to provide practical information to professionals, public officials, planners, and developers. This website was created to compliment the Low Impact Development Guidebook by providing web-based training and technical resources for all citizens to access.


  • Select Online Training to take a self-guided tour of each chapter of the Guidebook (plus bonus material), all presented through in-depth slides and helpful scripts. This is a comprehensive overview of the Guidebook that was pilot-tested throughout the state.
  • Choose the Resources section if you are a NC Cooperative Extension Agent and want to hold a low impact development workshop in your county. All the information you need is at your fingertips including presentations, scripts, speaker tips, and additional resources.
  • Click on NCSU LID Portal to travel to additional resources including a free download of the Guidebook, the LID certification process, and upcoming workshops.

For Questions, please contact Watershed Education for Communities and Officials