Green Infrastructure

 

 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. AIR is dedicated in assisting communities, companies and organizations in developing strategies for protecting and conserving their ecological and cultural assets through environmentally-sensitive decisions, technologies and planning.

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. Our abundant natural environment provides countless benefits to society. Its urban, suburban, and rural landscapes coexist with forests, rivers, streams, beaches, wetlands, estuaries, bays, and the ocean in a dynamic relationship shaped by use. AIR's engineers, scientists and specialists devise an array of programs designed to sustainably manage our natural resources. From environmental remediation, to conducting ecological assessment and research, to conserving and protecting our environment, AIR collaborates with businesses, government agencies, and residents to improve air and water quality and implement best management practices for land use.