Upcoming Green Growth Toolbox Workshops Across NC

The Green Growth Toolbox was developed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and is a non-regulatory tool that communicates science-based recommendations and case studies about conserving priority wildlife habitats that are declining, through land use planning methods. The toolbox consists of a website, a handbook, GIS data and follow-up technical assistance. The goal of the Green Growth Toolbox is to ‘keep common species common’.  This type of proactive planning secures benefits for our communities, the future of our wildlife, helps to protect working farms and forests, and can help to ensure an easier permitting process.

In the coming months, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be providing free Green Growth Toolbox Workshops hosted by several communities across the state. Workshops are eligible for at least 5.5 American Planning Association Continuing Education credits.

These workshops are tailored to land use planners and planning-related local government departments including GIS, Public Utilities and Environmental Health, community leaders, regional councils of government, MPOs and RPOs. Communities that have taken the workshop are eligible for free technical assistance for land use planning projects that can improve conservation of declining wildlife habitat.

**Be sure to invite Planning Board and Technical Advisory Committee members who may be interested.**

We can accommodate up to 30 participants per workshop.  Please register by emailing kacy.cook@ncwildlife.org.

Workshops run from 9 am to 4 pm

Near capacity - August 15th, Sandhills Region, hosted by Hoke County:  Sandhills Community College, Hoke Campus, Upchurch Hall Room 122, 1110 E Central Ave., Raeford, NC 28376

September 12th, Triad and Uwharries Region, hosted by Randolph County: Randolph Community College, 629 Industrial Park Ave., Asheboro, NC 27205, Room AE132

September 19th, Northwest NC Region, hosted by Surry County: Elkin Center of Surry Community College, 1461 North Bridge Street, Elkin, NC 28621

September 26th, Southeastern NC Region, hosted by Sunset Beach:  Fire Station 1, 102 Shoreline Drive W, Sunset Beach, NC 28468

Jackson County will be hosting another Green Growth Toolbox workshop for the southern mountains region in early November.


Workshop Agenda

You are welcome to attend any part of the workshop. AICP credits are available to those who attend the full day. Attendees will receive a free Green Growth Toolbox Handbook.

8:30 - 9:00 am             Registration, welcome coffee and pastries

9:00 – 9:15                  Introductions and pre-workshop evaluation (Please share a planning project you are working on)

9:15 - 9:45                   Introduction to the Green Growth Toolbox


  • What is the Green Growth Toolbox?
  • What are the benefits of Green Growth?
  • Priority wildlife and habitats


9:45 – 10:30                Conservation Data for Green Growth


  • Maps of wildlife habitat and what they mean



10:45 - 12:15 pm         Using Conservation Data in Planning (Hands-on Exercise)


  • Design a future growth map or development that better secures wildlife and natural resources.
  • Discussion of the hands-on exercise


Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 1:45                   Achieving Green Growth


  • Using conservation principles & recommendations
  • How to conserve wildlife and natural resources through plans, ordinances and development review & design.
  • Local planning projects discussion


2:00 - 4:00                   Field Trip to a nearby wildlife habitat & post–workshop evaluations