11 Oct '11, 1pm

How green infrastructure is making cities more sustainable & hospitable

How green infrastructure is making cities more sustainable & hospitable

The American Society of Landscape Architects has just released a massive database of 479 case studies describing the successful application of ”green infrastructure” techniques that collect and process rainwater naturally before it flows into receiving waterways as polluted runoff. The database demonstrates the power of increasingly widespread application of sustainable practices to prevent pollution while simultaneously bringing nature and natural process back into urban environments. The case studies come from 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. This promises to be a great resource: One of the most pressing environmental challenges facing cities and suburbs in the US is the impact of polluted stormwater runoff from developed land – highways, parking lots, rooftops and other impermeable surfaces – into our rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. The federal EPA es...

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