Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits

Quantifying the economic value of green infrastructure's benefits is the key to helping municipalities adopt this innovative and cost-effective rainwater management approach, according to a new report by the Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and American Rivers.

"When you do the math, the benefits of green infrastructure really add up," said Betsy Otto, Vice President for Conservation and Strategic Partnerships at American Rivers. "This guide will help communities decide where, when, and to what extent green infrastructure practices should be incorporated into their planning, development and redevelopment activities."

Green Infrastructure as a Centrepiece of the Urban World
In addition, click on Urban Leaders Showcase Green Infrastructure, Sustainability Connection at Philadelphia Conference --- In December 2010, green infrastructure leaders from around the United States gathered to discuss how agencies can dovetail each other's efforts within a city to maximize benefits for the public. "We needed this conference to share innovations and learn from each other's experience," said Howard Neukrug, Chair of the Urban Water Sustainability Council and Deputy of Sustainability for the Philadelphia Water Department.

Also click on A Guide to Green Choices: Ideas & Practical Advice for Land Use Decisions in Britsh Columbia Communities --- In 2008, the Province of British Columbia released the Guide to provide practical advice and ideas in making land use decisions. This Guide is expected to work in tandem with many other programs and projects already underway, including Living Water Smart and the BC Climate Action Plan.

News Release #2011-16
April 5, 2011

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