Tag Archives: Green Infrastructure

Catalyzing Green Infrastructure on Private Property: Recommendations for a Green, Equitable, and Sustainable New York City

A new report has been released in hopes to that the recommendations will help New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection succeed in achieving water quality goals while also contributing to citywide efforts toward stronger, sustainable, resilient, and equitable communities. Learn more... Read more

One Way to Promote Green Infrastructure in Your City

Green infrastructure offers an economically viable, politically equitable and environmentally responsible way of dealing with our nation’s landscape. A stormwater retention credit trading program represents a cost-effective solution to dealing with America’s aging infrastructure. Read more... Read more

Greener City Streets Aren’t Just About Traffic. They’re About Rainwater, Too.

​When you think of city streets, chances are you think of them as a transportation network, carrying cars, buses, pedestrians and cyclists to their destinations. But these vast stretches of pavement are also key components of cities’ stormwater networks. Streets cover about a third of the land in cities; these surfaces don’t allow water to soak through them, which means they can alter the natural flow of rainwater. City streets collect, channel, pollute and sometimes even speed along water as... Read more

City Wants to Turn Parking Lots into Solar-Power Plants

The Department of Parks and Recreation owns or operates 333 parking lots and has identified 40 that could host canopies topped with solar panels, along with charging stations for electric vehicles, self-powered streetlights and underground reservoirs to catch rainwater that would otherwise flow into the overburdened sewer system. Read more... Read more

How Stormwater Retention Paid Dividends for Three Sites

Three examples were among many showcased in ULI’s recent report, Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate, which highlighted the numerous ways in which water is “one that can be harnessed to make cities more sustainable and livable.” These examples ranged from a suburb near Dallas to a flood-prone site in New Orleans to a pier development in Boston and featured an assortment of tools that can be combined given the circumstances. Read more... Read more

Why Detroit’s Urban Gardens and Vacant Land are Good for At-Risk Bee Populations

Amid the concrete and cityscape of downtown Detroit lies Lafayette Greens, an urban garden nestled in a plot where the Lafayette Building once stood. The urban garden positions itself as a focal point in a conversation about the burgeoning urban food movement and its potential to enhance city living, change a globalized food system, and address urban sustainability and food security. It’s also one of 30 sites in metro Detroit chosen for a study researching some at-risk pollinators: bumblebees. Read... Read more

New Tool Helps Planners Make a Stronger Case for Parks

​It’s no secret that city parks and green space are good for more than recreation; they’re beneficial to physical and mental health and can even have an impact on climate change. The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land and the Conservation Fund have launched a database to help give the lowly park more political clout. Read more... Read more
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