The market demand for Green infrastructure (GI) is growing as municipalities seek to supplement or replace aging grey infrastructure.
Jurisdictions often call for a stormwater focus and miss opportunities to integrate multiple benefits and, by focusing narrowly on technical questions, fail to take a holistic view of how green infrastructure underlies and supports integrated placemaking. Ecosystem services is one of several useful lenses to expand the focus, but robust community engagement and a social justice perspective on environmental equity are also neglected if GI is only seen as an approach to managing water that incorporates both natural and engineered systems.
Project teams, NGOs such as the Conservation Fund, and municipalities are increasingly defining GI more broadly, as strategically planned and managed networks of natural lands, working landscapes and other green spaces – at many scales – that conserve ecosystem functions, restore ecosystem processes and regenerate healthy, robust and resilient communities.
Practitioners using this broader definition of GI can maintain water management outcomes but more readily leverage transportation, recreation, and mitigation requirements and funding. This presentation uses examples selected from over 100 built projects to answer the question: how can GI practitioners improve long-term system resilience across spatial scales?