The Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Initiative has a portfolio of resources for use throughout North America. All the materials in this Resource Library have been compiled or provided for you to view, or download, for educational use: Training Presentations, Pest Fact Sheets, Media & Blogs, Video & Audio, Documents & Downloads, Smartphone Apps, Report a Pest, Helpful Links. This source is particularly helpful in motivating both public and policy makers to act on forest health issues.
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 Cleveland Tree Plan is unique in that it is not a city plan, but rather a community-wide collaboration to rebuild the urban forest through partnership. The city is just one member of a team of five organizations who banded together to initiate and fund this project. During the planning process, the team reached out to over 50 additional stakeholders to assess today’s urban forest, determine a unified vision for the future, and develop a way forward together.
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.
This model ordinance addresses post-development stormwater management requirements for new development and redevelopment in a community. The ordinance defines requirements for a post development stormwater management plan, which is required in order to undertake land development activities. This plan contains the details of how the development will address post-development stormwater runoff quality and quantity impacts resulting from the permanent alteration of the character and hydrology of the land surface as well as the nonpoint source pollution from land use activities. The ordinance also outlines the water quantity and quality performance criteria for managing this runoff and specifies local requirements for the use of structural stormwater controls and nonstructural practices, in order to protect public health and safety, protection of public and private property and infrastructure, and environmental protection. Ongoing long-term inspection and maintenance provisions are provided.
The EPA hopes to inspire community leaders to use green infrastructure by providing practical and successful ways to improve community cohesion, the natural environment, and residents’ health. The report summarizes different types of GI and the benefits of these approaches. The report then summarizes how communities can save money by using GI in public projects. It goes on to detail how GI can also be incorporated into private development. Establishing design guidelines is one way to influence private development. To implement these kinds of policies GI benefits must be clear articulated to decisionmakers. The report includes examples of how some communities showed how GI could increase household energy savings, reduce greenhouse gas emission, and create jobs. Additionally, it is important for communities to prioritize projects to maximize benefits. Lastly the report provides a wide range of examples from across the country and addresses water management issues for both the Eastern and Western United States. A list of all the projects associated with the program are presented at the end of the report under 6 broad categories: conceptual design, guidance development, policy review/recommendations, screening and prioritization, modeling and economic benefits.
This report develops a range of green infrastructure scenarios consistent with the constraints of a recently remediated brownfield that can be implemented within the framework of a 15- to 20-year development master plan. There are collections and descriptions of key findings during the exploration of this topic that can be applied to the Zidell site and other redevelopment projects of similar character. The conceptual design scenarios apply green infrastructure solutions that capitalize on infiltration and innovation for the remediated brownfield site with the goal of exceeding existing regulatory requirements for stormwater management and providing creative solutions with multiple community benefits.
In October 2008, the City of Grand Rapids Urban Forestry Committee created a task force charged with developing an urban forest plan for the City. This 2009 report presents their blueprint for the future of Grand Rapids’ urban forest and includes a vision, guiding principles, and goals.
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC) works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution. The partnership agencies incorporate six principles of livability into federal funding programs, policies, and future legislative proposals. The top priorities of PSC are: Advancing Economic Opportunity and Mobility, Helping Communities Adapt to a Changing Climate, Supporting the Next Stage of Implementation of the Partnership’s Community Investments. This website also contains resources to help communities with partnership grants and assistance opportunities.