At a time when so much of our infrastructure is in need of enhancement, replacement or repair, we need resilient and affordable solutions that meet many objectives at once. Green infrastructure (GI) is one solution.
GI is the interconnected natural systems and ecological processes that provide clean water, air quality and wildlife habitat. GI sustains a community's social, economic, and environmental health.
The benefits of green infrastructure are numerous. GI is an effective and cost-efficient tool for absorbing and sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide (C02). Efficient use of GI can reduce energy usage through passive heating and cooling; filter air and water pollutants; decrease solar heat gain; provide wildlife habitat; reduce the public cost of stormwater management infrastructure and provide flood control; offer food sources; and stabilize soil to prevent or reduce erosion. GI is crucial to combating climate change, creating healthy built environments, and improving quality of life.