Comments : Comments Off on Funding Green Infrastructure: Understanding A Project’s “Benefit Fingerprint”
Tags: Benefits, funding, triple bottom line
Categories : Sustainable Site Strategies
Last week I attended the American Society of Landscape Architect’s (ASLA) annual meeting in Washington D.C. It was invigorating to hear about promising green infrastructure related projects being plan and constructed across the United States. One favorite was Herbert Dreiseitl’s presentation on the promise of water. His approach and sensitivity to water was inspiring.
Many of the conference sessions reinforced the multiple benefits of green infrastructure projects and the importance of continuing to build the data supporting these benefits. In addition, it was clear that green infrastructure projects are addressing multiple political agendas and problems facing our cities. As a result, municipalities are able to seek funding from a variety of traditional and non-traditional sources. When considering these sources, it is critical to understand and quantify the benefits of a project.
While all green infrastructure projects have multiple benefits, depending on the approach, site, and its context, each project will have a unique combination and varying impact. Understanding this “benefit fingerprint” is helpful in successfully targeting funding sources. It also opens up the possibilities of non-traditional sources and helps others see the project with a broader perspective.
Comments : Comments Off on Philadelphia Green Infrastructure Video
Tags: green infrastructure, Philadelphia, triple bottom line
Categories : Green Street, Parks & Open Space, Pervious Pavement, Plans and studies, Sustainable Site Strategies
I recently came across this video covering Philadelphia’s Green Infrastructure Efforts. It was created by GreenTreks, an award-winning Philadelphia-based non profit communications organization dedicated to educating people about the interconnectedness of environmental, societal, economic, and individual health. For more information and links to other resources on Philadelphia’s triple bottom line green infrastructure strategy see our past post Triple Bottom Line of Green Infrastructure.
Comments : Comments Off on Metro Green Infrastructure Master Plan Now On-line
Tags: green infrastructure, Green Infrastructure Master Plan, Nashville, stormwater
Categories : Bioretention, Green roof, Green Street, Hawkins Partners, Pervious Pavement, Plans and studies, Sustainable Site Strategies, Water Harvesting
Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County’s Green Infrastructure Master Plan is now available on Metro Water Services’ website. The plan was prepared by amec, Hawkins Partners, Urban Blueprint, and the Low Impact Development Center. The plan includes the following:
- Green Infrastructure Practice – Overview of Green Infrastructure and descriptions of various practices.
- Technical Analysis of Green Infrastructure – Analysis of the CSS area with respect to green roofs, three kinds of infiltration practices, tree planting, and rainfall harvesting (cisterns and rain barrels) and its potential impacts on the CSS.
- Green Infrastructure Projects – Brief overview of the preliminary design concepts for six projects.
- Green Infrastructure Incentives and Financing – Summary of various potentially applicable incentive practices that have been applied in other cities to encourage the use of Green Infrastructure.
Click here to download the entire plan in PDF format