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 EPA website is designed to assist municipalities in growing green infrastructure throughout the built environment. The website features a Municipal Handbook provides local governments step-by-step material on growing green infrastructure in their communities, with chapters on funding options, retrofit policies, green streets, rainwater harvesting policies, and incentive mechanisms. The website also contains a series of EPA policy guide publications for Smart Growth and water resources protection that can be used by municipalities looking to innovate their policies concerning green infrastructure. Finally a policy tool kit features communication and program evaluation tools that are designed to help local governments effectively promote green infrastructure.
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.
The Austin Urban Forest Plan: A Master Plan for Public Property establishes a broad scoped, long-range vision for Austin’s public urban forest. It provides a framework for the City of Austin to use as a guide for managing the public urban forest over the next 20 years. Implementation began in 2014 and the plan includes a road map to reach the comprehensive vision. Each City department that interacts with trees on public property will develop their own tailored Departmental Operational Plan.
This is a report and analysis on the strength of sustainability plans as indicators of environmental initiatives, with demographic characteristics, electricity aggregation, and outside environmental certifications as cross-references.
This is a step-by-step how-to guide for creating a watershed management plan. This case study looks at how urban, rural, and riparian forests are critical to protecting water quality and reducing flooding in watersheds. Sustainable urban forest ecosystems provide benefits to not only the waters of a community, but also to the overall quality of life. Trees are a community’s green infrastructure, yet watershed councils are often unaware of how much of a role urban forests play in providing watershed benefits.