What is The Umbrella?

The Umbrella is an online tool designed to promote knowledge-sharing and collaboration on stormwater and other green infrastructure issues. The Umbrella is hosted and managed by Green Communities Canada in association with our RAIN Community Solutions program.

New to green infrastructure?

Check out the municipal toolkit of must-read documents that will get you up to speed on the economic benefits of green infrastructure, the research proving its effectiveness, how other communities have implemented it, and how you can implement it in your own municipality.

Who can join The Umbrella?

Anyone with an interest in the issues around stormwater management and green infrastructure can join. Sign in if you already have an account. All community members gain access to a library of resources, from background papers on stormwater management, green infrastructure and pollution, to case studies of cities making innovative stormwater plans, to instructional and promotional materials about reducing stormwater pollution. In addition to the library, The Umbrella is a place to have discussions with other engaged citizens on issues related to stormwater, and to find out about events which you may be interested in. 

The Umbrella for Stormwater Professionals

If you are a professional in the field of stormwater management, you can use The Umbrella to communicate with others in your field. We are currently partnering with the Muncipal Stormwater Discussion Group, and participating community organizations providing RAIN programming, to provide them with private spaces to share documents, news, and have discussion

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What terminology do you prefer to use?

10 votes

Green Infrastructure

8 votes

Low Impact Development

2 votes

Infiltration landscaping

1 vote

Natural infrastructure

1 vote

Living green infrastructure

1 vote


Total: 23 votes

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About Green Communities Canada

Green Communities Canada is is a national association of community organizations that help people go green - in their homes and gardens, on the road, at work, and in the community. GCC is on the steering committee of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, and is currently chairing the Stormwater Subcommittee. The Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition is an alliance of organizations that share a common vision for a healthy, green Ontario where the economic, social, environmental and health benefits of green infrastructure are fully realized.

Under the Umbrella


Do an Umbrella Tutorial.


Find the latest research in the Library.


Join a discussion in the Forums.


Discover events in the Calendar. 


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