Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure is an overarching term used to capture the wide range of natural assets and strategies used in the built environment to improve the quality of our natural resources and contribute to healthier natural habitat, increased recreational opportunities, and improved aesthetics. Working at several scales (municipal, neighborhood, and site), it is the strategic integration of nature into urban environments to enhance environmental values.

By weaving natural processes into the built environment, green infrastructure provides a range of benefits including:

  • Air quality improvements
  • Facilitate walking and biking
  • Flood mitigation
  • Habitat enhancement
  • Improved aesthetics
  • Increased recreational opportunities
  • Mitigation of urban heat island effect
  • Reduced water and energy use
  • Stormwater management