Cognitive and Perceptual Barriers to Green Infrastructure: Local Decision-Making in Rhode Island

Tuesday, July 27th  2021| 2:00 pm -3:00 pm EDT
Training, SNEP Network
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While green infrastructure (GI) has become a relatively common stormwater management alternative to “gray” piped infrastructure, several impediments to GI implementation still exist. Among these impediments are cognitive and perceptual barriers that negatively affect how GI is conceptualized, communicated, and understood. This webinar showcases a master’s thesis research project that explored these cognitive and perceptual barriers that inhibit wider GI implementation at the municipal level in general, as well as in Rhode Island municipalities in particular. Webinar participants will learn about the context of this study, the process of exploring and understanding the cognitive and perceptual barriers at play in Rhode Island, and the study’s recommended best practices for local GI decision-makers. Participants will have the opportunity to directly submit questions to the researcher related to the study’s findings and its larger implications.

The original research project, titled “Cognitive and Perceptual Barriers to Green Infrastructure: Local Decision-Making in Rhode Island” was conducted through the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Department of Marine Affairs by then-graduate student Kyle Gray under the guidance of Dr. Richard Burroughs. The findings of this master’s thesis research project were successfully defended in May 2021 and are expected to be published later this year. For questions related to this project, please contact Kyle Gray at

Who Should Attend:

Municipal leaders (engineers, planners, public works, etc.), local and regional elected officials, green infrastructure and stormwater management practitioners and technical service providers, academic researchers


Kyle Gray
Masters in Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island ’21
Research Assistant, Throwe Environmental


Jul 27 2021


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm