An aerial view of panels on the new solar farm...

An aerial view of panels on the new solar farm being built at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton. (May 11, 2011) Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

The inaugural Long Island Green Infrastructure Conference will be held at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Thursday at 8 a.m.

Municipal officials, planners, consultants, property owners and developers will learn about green infrastructure and how it can be used to help protect Long Island’s valuable groundwater and coastal resources.

Understanding and implementing the latest innovations in water resource protection will also be discussed, officials said.

“This first annual conference will provide Long Island with a long-needed focus on environmentally friendly green infrastructure practices,” said Paul TeNyenhuis, district manager of the Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District, which helped organize the event.

Green infrastructure includes a range of practices used as alternatives to traditional building and stormwater management, officials said. It also promotes land conservation, stormwater capture and filtration.

This conference will also discuss green roofs, rain gardens and porous pavements. The event is open to the public.

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