A comprehensive examination of likely changes to urban forests due to climate change. Offers planning and policy recommendations. While written for British Columbia, applicable to entire Cascadia region.
Creating Complete Streets means transportation agencies must change their approach to community roads. By adopting a Complete Streets policy, communities direct their transportation planners and engineers to routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. This means that every transportation project will make the street network better and safer for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Adding the green component to Complete Streets multiplies public benefits while it helps manage stormwater.
It’s free, and easy. But it takes some staff and volunteer time. Using overhead imagery and sampling software, users can create a sample-based land-cover map for their community, their neighborhood or their region. Investing about 10 hours will create a canopy map that’s 95+ percent equivalent to on-the-ground inventory.
EPA maintains a series of web guides to all aspects of green infrastructure, from planning to funding and long-term maintenance. Especially useful to determine where and how green infrastructure and urban forestry can meet federal and state rules for stormwater management. Includes many case studies, tools and calculators.
With a variety of data layers, and more added frequently, Community Commons offers non-GIS users the opportunity to create multi-level maps that can pinpoint areas of poverty, pollution and opportunities to redress environmental inequity. Also covers health, education, income, housing, food deserts and a host of other topics. Free and Easy to Use Mapping Tool.
The National Association of Regional Councils provides an up-to-date directory of regional planning organizations. Many are organized into state associations of RPOs.
Low-resolution satellite imagery collected and collated by various government agencies. Helpful to identify areas with high levels of impervious surface.
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.
EPA synthesizes the various ways costs and benefits of gray and green infrastructure can be assessed and compared. A must read for newcomers to the issue; it makes a powerful case, and shows how others can do the same. Complete document offers case studies, tools, calculators and extensive resource materials.
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.