Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2012

Keywords

green infrastructure, low impact development, cost, benefit, design, NEEFC

Abstract

Green infrastructure is an approach for managing stormwater that uses vegetation and soils to capture and treat rainwater where it falls. Unlike single-purpose gray infrastructure, green infrastructure realizes multiple benefits at once, including flood mitigation, improved water and air quality, community beautification, provision of recreational opportunities, and energy and cost savings. This resource directory is intended to help communities design, implement, fund, and monitor green infrastructure practices and programs. It was compiled by the Environmental Finance Center Network through the Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities program funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Through this program, EFCN is providing capacity building and technical assistance to recipients of grants from the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Learn more about the Partnership and its work to help towns, cities, and regions develop in more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable ways: www.sustainablecommunities.gov.