Definition of Green Infrastructure
What is Green Infrastructure?
Green infrastructure uses the built-environment to mimic, protect, enhance or restore natural functions to better manage water and weather events. By utilizing existing features, vegetation, soils and various Ecosystem Services, green infrastructure is a cost-effective, resilient approach to managing wet weather impacts that also provides many community benefits and amenities (such as additional open land, eco-preserve and greenspace). While single-purpose greywater and stormwater infrastructure—conventional piped drainage and water treatment systems—is designed to isolate and move water away from the built-environment, green infrastructure reuses and treats stormwater at its source and integrates its flow into the built-environment to deliver environmental, social, and economic benefits. At the city or county scale, green infrastructure often exists as a patchwork of natural areas that provides habitat, flood protection, cleaner air, cleaner water and recreational opportunities.
Many practitioners are working to connect these local patchworks into regional green infrastructure networks and systems. Increasingly combined with Pedestrian-Oriented Development (POD), green infrastructure techniques are able to produce nature-friendly, economic, resilient and amenity-rich developments that are as beautiful as they are healthy and sustainable.
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