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.
Provides guidelines for using low impact development techniques to manage stormwater. Includes information on the local approval process for a project design criteria for various low impact development practices.
The release of the STAR Community Rating System (STAR) in 2012 marked an important milestone in the urban sustainability movement. Hundreds of stakeholders worked together by consensus to deliver a common framework for sustainability with nationally accepted standards for measuring the depth and breadth of the social, economic, and environmental issues that our nation’s cities and counties are facing. STAR stands for Sustainability Tools for
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.
Pittsburgh’s Urban Forest Master Plan is often looked to as a “gold standard” for urban forestry planning. The Master Plan is a road map, providing detailed information, recommendations, and resources needed to effectively and proactively manage and grow a city’s tree canopy. More importantly it provides a shared vision for the future of the urban forest to inspire and engage stakeholders in the care and protection of trees.
This website is an online library that features a flip-book style presentation of The Pittsburgh Urban Forest Master Plan. The online library recommends similar written plans based on the selection you are currently reading. In this case, because an Urban Forestry Master Plan was selected to read, the website recommends similar types of writing and provides access to a library of community urban forestry plans. As you select different writings, the recommended additional readings may change based on what the user seeks out. This library contains written plans on a multitude of green infrastructure management activities.
Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) present an evaluation of the current MS4 permits. After addressing all parts of the permit they summarize lessons learned. They found that the time required to build an effective restoration program is mismatched by the current 5 year MS4 cycle. Adaptive management approach should be used when administering the MS4. They believe there is a lot more that needs to be understood regarding the effectiveness of practices to improve water quality and how to make programs more cost-effective. The would like to design a program to better evaluate the effectiveness of the State’s stormwater design manual best management practices (green infrastructure). The DEP asserts there needs to be more documentation of the success of Environmental Site Design beyond stream channel morphology.
Within the Lake Macatawa watershed, The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council (MACC) and TetraTech completed a green infrastructure assessment of five partner agencies within four localities using the EPA’s Water Quality Scorecard. This assessment identifies obstacles to MACC green implementation goals by evaluating local codes, policies and procedures. This report describes the assessment process and presents key findings from the reviews of the five partner agencies’ plans, policies and codes with a summary of the action items that the partners could implement.
Provides stormwater managers and site designers with a common understanding of LID goals, objectives, specifications for individual practices, and flow reduction and water quality treatment credits that are applicable to the Puget Sounds region.
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.