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
Increased recreational opportunities
Mitigation of urban heat island effect
Reduced water and energy use
Green Infrastructure Highlights
City GreenPrint 1.0
In collaboration with the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC), the City has produced City GreenPrint 1.0, Charlottesville's Green Infrastructure Guide. This document supports the conservation and restoration of Charlottesville’s green infrastructure. It provides an introduction to what green infrastructure is and presents Charlottesville's green infrastructure baseline. To view the document and its numerous maps, visit the City GreenPrint 1.0 page.