A Green Infrastructure Guidebook for City Planners

Read the full story in CityLab.

Ninety-six percent of the country’s population lives in counties where federally declared weather-related disasters have occurred since 2010. Federal programs help mitigate these scenarios: EPA programs study climate change and issue guidelines about combating global warming; FEMA provides disaster assistance to mitigate these effects. But under Trump’s budget plan, these programs stand to lose their funding.

Ninety-six percent of the country’s population lives in counties where federally declared weather-related disasters have occurred since 2010. Federal programs help mitigate these scenarios: EPA programs study climate change and issue guidelines about combating global warming; FEMA provides disaster assistance to mitigate these effects. But under Trump’s budget plan, these programs stand to lose their funding.

Webinar: EPA STAR Grants: Moving Green Infrastructure Forward

Tue, Mar 14, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3953613296781500163

EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program funds research grants in numerous environmental programs, including stormwater management. This webcast will feature the work of two STAR grantees who are working to achieve new insights and promote continued green infrastructure implementation and innovation in communities across the country. Don Katnik and Amanda Shearin with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will illustrate how urban planners can use geospatial information systems (GIS) to map regional development for the purpose of preserving and enhancing green infrastructure. Robert Traver with Villanova University will focus on the performance monitoring of urban green infrastructure practices in Philadelphia.

Want Green Infrastructure? First, Invest in Infrastructure

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Throughout the election, one of the few points Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could agree on was the country’s need for improved infrastructure—transportation systems, energy, and so on. But tradeoffs between sustainability and economic growth make it unclear how exactly to proceed. Now, researchers argue that, to create environmentally sustainable infrastructure, we need to pay attention to what’s keeping us from investing in infrastructure more broadly.

Webinar: Greening Vacant Lots

Greening Vacant Lots
February 9, 2016, 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1502243317604092417.

In this webcast, speakers from the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Buffalo Sewer Authority, and the City of Baltimore will highlight vacant lot greening programs and specific landscape treatments that they have used in their communities. These programs and practices utilize vacant lots as sponges to hold and soak in rainwater, which helps to keep local waterways clean. Implementing green infrastructure on vacant lots can also reduce the incidence of combined sewer overflows and the quantity of stormwater that municipal sewer districts treat and manage. By creatively using vacant lots as an asset, these cities are addressing legacy environmental challenges in new ways that create multiple community co-benefits.

Green Infrastructure Wizard (GIWiz)

GIWiz, EPA’s new green infrastructure information tool, offers you access to a repository of EPA-sourced Green Infrastructure tools and resources designed to support and promote sustainable water management and community planning decisions. The tools and resources available through GIWiz will help you analyze problems, understand management options, calculate design parameters, analyze costs and benefits, evaluate tradeoffs, engage stakeholders, and/or develop education and outreach campaigns.

Click on Quick Links to select Learn, Research, Design, or Assess options. When you select an option, the tool will ask you questions to help narrow your focus.

Click on Explore to browse resources. Again, the tool asks you who you are, what you’d like to do, what resources you’re interested in, etc. It also gives you a keyword search option.

Accelerating Cost-Effective Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Learning from Local Implementation

The University of California at Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment identifies actions that water quality authorities can take to drive data collection and information sharing. In this recent publication, the Center recommends enhancing learning from local implementation efforts to address knowledge gaps and encourage cost-effective deployment.

EPA Develops Guide to Help Communities with Better Stormwater Management

The EPA Office of Sustainable Communities recently released a report entitled, “Enhancing Sustainable Communities with Green Infrastructure,” to help communities better manage stormwater while achieving other environmental, public health, social, and economic benefits. The report aims to help local governments, water utilities, nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups, and other stakeholders integrate green infrastructure strategies into plans that can transform their communities. This report can help stakeholders create a vision for how green infrastructure can enhance their communities beyond reducing stormwater runoff. It also directs readers to other resources that provide more detailed information that can be tailored to communities’ specific climate, goals, and circumstances.

To access the report, visit http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/green-infrastructure.html. To view the related blog post, visit http://blog.epa.gov/epaconnect/2014/10/green-infrastructure-helping-to-transform-neighborhoods-in-cleveland-and-across-the-nation/.