A comprehensive design manual that describes how and why different green infrastructure solutions can work in different sites. Richly illustrated, the guide can serve as both an outreach and preliminary design tool.
Philadelphia, long considered a pioneer in green infrastructure and water, maintains a web site that describes their plan, connects to other City goals, provides comprehensive monitoring and progress reporting. It’s worth browsing to learn how their “triple-bottom-line” approach might inform your own.
The Chesapeake Bay Program partnership engages dozens of agencies and organizations in the effort to restore the Bay and its rivers. Partners include federal and state agencies, local governments, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions.The website does not provide content, but does detail the network structure of a successful watershed partnership and provides links to each partner’s website.
The City of Lancaster Plan, prepared by CH2M Hill, covers all aspects of green infrastructure from top to bottom, roof to trees, rain barrels to curb cuts. This plan is notable for its focus on targeting the right practice to the right place, estimating potential life-cycle costs, offering schematic designs and illustrations, comparing green to gray alternatives, and providing step-wise guidelines for implementation. For planneers and officials uncertain where to begin, the plan sketches and supports a protocol for identifying high priority projects.
Seattle’s Urban Forest Management Plan provides a long term vision for increasing tree canopy cover (the percent of the city covered by trees as seen in an aerial view) and the myriad environmental, social, and economic benefits associated with trees in urban areas.
The Urban Forest Action Plan was developed to implement the goals established in the management plan. The goals the action plan focuses on are to protect and restore the urban canopy, support the urban forest, and maximize the benefits of the urban forest for all citizens.
The Philadelphia Water Department worked closely with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, the Streets Department, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and other public utilities, partners, and agencies to develop detailed design templates for green streets that are flexible enough to be applied in a variety of urban street conditions. The Green Streets Design Manual outlines what types of GSI practices are appropriate on various street typologies, provides standardized design details, and lays out the necessary design review and construction inspection processes. Moving forward, design professionals, engineers, planners, and developers can utilize the approved design standards and procedures therein to expedite green street development in Philadelphia.
This Water Quality Plan is an official areawide water quality management plan County level managers. The purpose of the plan is to provide a policy framework and guidance for federal, state, and local water quality protection programs at the County level. This plan supports a variety of subject areas and is based on adopted regional land use and development plans.
Comprehensive urban forest management plan for the City of Lacy, WA that is updated every five years. The plan includes general guidance and information on site design, the city’s street tree program, and includes a tree inventory.
Provides a framework for the City of Ann Arbor to effectively manage its urban and community forest as
a sustainable asset, consistent with the values and needs of the community, while maximizing its benefits.