Browse Topics: Green Infrastructure
Washtenaw County Master Rain Gardener Program
Rain Gardens filter and cool storm water before it enters streams and rivers. But siting and maintaining rain gardens for effective stormwater management requires special care. The Master Rain garden program extends the popular Master Gardener programs to create low input, high performing landscapes.
Economic Development + Stormwater – What's New?
Urban stormwater control is all too often seen as a cost. How can cities and property owners flip this calculus to reap economic returns? This booklet, a product of a 2014 American Planning Association national conference session, compiles the latest information from several sources.
The Idea Garden – Greening Urban Space through Crowdfunding
The Idea Garden in the Wynwood District of Miami brings greenspace to a transforming warehouse district through crowdsourcing and idea sharing.
Strategic Stormwater Solutions for Transit-Oriented Development
When redevelopment occurs in built-out urban communities, stormwater management competes with other site features for limited, valuable space. This publication (42 pages) outlines a new concept for shared, stacked-function green infrastructure (SSGI) to achieve economic, cost and environmental benefits around transit stations.
Cities as a Lab: Designing the Innovation Economy
The American Institute of Architects’ Cities as a Lab initiative aims to identify and instrumentalize how design can foster innovation to meet American cities’ changing needs.
Philadelphia Green Streets Design Manual
Philadelphia released a Green Streets Design Manual (Feb 2014) to introduce park-like, functional infrastructure back into the city’s paved landscape. The manual covers a list of suggested practices and the specifications needed to meet multiple goals from myriad agencies that have responsibility over streets.
James Hunter Park: Dog Park and Community Plaza
Arlington Virginia’s James Hunter Park is more than a dog park. It is a sustainable community gathering place within two blocks of the Clarendon Metro stop. The park serves a large population of dog owners as well as nearby residents and workers. More than 8,000 people live within a 10-minute walk of the park and nearly 15,000 more work in the area.
San Francisco Eco Districts
Eco-Districts are four types of neighborhood scale public-private partnerships (the Blank Slate, the Patchwork Quilt, the Strengthened Neighborhood, and the Industrial Network) that strengthen the economy and reduce environmental impacts while creating a stronger sense of place and community.
Streetmix Street Design App
Streetmix is a computer program that allows users to mix and match street design elements such as sidewalks, planter strips, vehicle and bike lanes and other street dimensions. dreams
Low Impact Development Road Map
Los Angeles used a board game graphic to explain storm water rules, which took effect in 2012. This map simplified a complex rule by showing, stepwise, how to comply with exemptions and requirements.