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.
This recently updated manual offers extensive justifications and guidance for protecting trees and forests during development and offers a set of tools for incorporating trees and trees canopy into stormwater planning. Since many of the recommended actions recommended require additions or revisions to local codes and ordinances, information is provided for code changes that communities can make if their codes are currently “silent” on or in conflict with tree and forest protection. Digital design drawings of green BMPs for trees are also provided on the website.
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.
This EPA website provides green infrastructure guidance relating to construction, operation and maintenance, and common design challenges. It features links to various stormwater design manuals created by states, counties, municipalities, and nonprofits across the United States and Canada. Many modeling design tools are also available through this website to assist with compliance in local stormwater regulations and/or meeting voluntary performance standards. A large portion of this website focuses on lessons learned from past municipal projects and identifies some of the most common design and implementation challenges. Various site characteristic challenges and implementation scenarios are presented with summarized recommendations and links to supporting material.
This EPA Green Infrastructure modeling tool supports planning and design decisions for site designers, planners, or environmental managers on a range of scales. Scales range from setting a green infrastructure target for an entire watershed to designing a green infrastructure practice for a particular site or an entire watershed. Some models can predict the water quality and water quantity impacts of green infrastructure approaches. These models cannot only predict the cost for green infrastructure but also benefits such as improvements in air quality and reduction of energy consumption. These models range from simple to complex.
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.
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.