Green Infrastructure

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The Future of Federal Funding for Green City Initiatives

Explore the trajectory of federal investment in green city projects, focusing on sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, and eco-friendly policies.

January 11, 2024 - Devin Partida

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Flood Resilience Through Green Infrastructure

Cities like New York and Los Angeles are moving to build green infrastructure as the need for spongier urban spaces becomes more apparent.

October 10, 2023 - Wired

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FEMA Climate Resilience Loans Target Small Communities

A new loan program reduces the bureaucratic hurdles to implementing small-scale climate adaptation projects.

September 22, 2023 - Grist

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NYC Planning Commission Approves ‘City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality’

The first of three elements of the City of Yes rezoning proposal aims to remove barriers to building green infrastructure.

September 15, 2023 - silive.com

Conceptual rendering of Rikers Island redevelopment as renewable energy facility

Can New York City Go Green Without Renewable Rikers?

New York City’s bold proposal to close the jail on Rikers Island and replace it with green infrastructure is in jeopardy. Will this compromise the city’s ambitious climate goals?

August 24, 2023 - Mark H. McNulty

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Report: Cities’ Climate Plans Fail to Include Workforce Development

While a few cities have detailed goals and investment strategies for building their green workforce, most U.S. cities fail to address the need for the training and education of a new generation of workers.

August 15, 2023 - Route Fifty

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

What Is Green Infrastructure?

Green infrastructure harnesses nature to the benefit of the built environments as well as human and animal life.

July 25, 2023 - James Brasuell

High Point, Seattle

Green Infrastructure Toolkit Launches on World Water Day

The Green Infrastructure Toolkit lists 25 actions local governments can take to transform crusty, impermeable urban landscapes into vibrant, spongy ecosystems that preserve water as a resource and protect against its potential destruction in floods.

March 23, 2023 - PlaceShakers and NewsMakers

Green alley under construction

Green Alleys: A New Paradigm for Stormwater Management

Rather than shuttling stormwater away from the city and into the ocean as quickly as possible, Los Angeles is now—slowly—moving toward a ‘city-as-sponge’ approach that would capture and reclaim more water to recharge crucial reservoirs.

February 2, 2023 - Curbed

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Boston Unveils Green Infrastructure Plan

The city will start by redesigning curb extensions to incorporate elements that improve flood prevention and stormwater management.

October 30, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

bioswale

How To Equitably Distribute Green Infrastructure

As more urban surfaces are developed and covered with impermeable materials, the importance of green infrastructure like bioswales and permeable pavement is growing.

April 19, 2022 - Portland State University

A footbrinde crosses over a small cascade of flowing water on a sunny day in Yonkers, New York.

'Daylighting' Project to Restore Nature in the Big Apple

More cities are returning waterways to a more natural state—in some cases unearthing them from subterranean pipes in a process known as "daylighting." A new example can be found, perhaps surprisingly, in New York City.

December 9, 2021 - The New York Times

Jacksonville

An Interview With Jacksonville's New Chief Resiliency Officer

The city of Jacksonville's new resiliency department will evaluate the city's long-term needs and coordinate with various stakeholders to implement systems adaptable to extreme climate events.

October 15, 2021 - Adapt Florida

Houston Metro

Federal Dollars Could Pave the Way for Greener, More Equitable Infrastructure

Houston's director of Transportation and Drainage Operations wants to see more sustainable development in the city that has historically depended on freeways as its critical infrastructure.

October 11, 2021 - Houston Chronicle

Inner Harbor, Baltimore

Baltimore Plans 'Floating Wetlands' to Revitalize Inner Harbor

The National Aquarium wants to recreate the tidal marshes that once lined the city's waterfront.

September 17, 2021 - Maryland Matters

A scene from the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. on a cloudy day, with a blossoming tree and a recreation of ruins in the background.

'Green Infrastructure' for Clean Water Shows Its Worth in Washington, D.C.

Rain gardens and bioswales have allowed DC Water to scale back on the "gray infrastructure" it's building while still keeping rivers clean.

September 8, 2021 - Next City

Two people walk down a residential street in ankle high water after a summer-time flood in Ann Arbor.

A Natural Approach to Stormwater Proposed in Michigan

The realities of climate change have been on full display in Michigan this summer, and a crusading drain commissioner is pushing for stormwater infrastructure that uses natural features to capture and reuse water during extreme weather.

September 1, 2021 - WXYZ

Willowbrook, Los Angeles,

South Los Angeles Park Offers Hidden Benefits

Not only does the redevelopment of a large section of Earvin Magic Johnson Park in Willowbrook offer much needed green space and new amenities, it also helps to conserve water and improve water quality.

June 3, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

FYI about GSI: The Recipe for Green Stormwater Infrastructure Success

New research highlights some of the ways planners can increase the social benefits and public acceptance of green stormwater infrastructure.

May 20, 2021 - Christopher Tirri

Concrete Stormwater

Stormwater Credits Provide Incentives for Green Infrastructure

Most harmful stormwater originates on private property, and public agencies are looking for ways to entice property owners to implement more effective infrastructure.

December 27, 2019 - American Rivers

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