Monday, July 14, 2008

Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure is a concept originating in the United States in the mid-1990's that highlights the importance of the natural environment in decisions about land use planning.[1][2] In particular there is an emphasis on the "life support" functions provided by the natural environment for example; clean water and healthy soils, as well as the more anthropocentric functions such as recreation and providing shade and shelter in and around towns and cities.
Today(07-14-08) Green Infrastructure was added as to your category list of options to choose when you subscribe and discover information re: Greenways, Raingardens, Wetlands Restoration, Trees, Green Roofs, Swales, Porous Pavement, Native Landscaping.
Green Infrastructure naturally manages stormwater, reduces flooding risk and improves water quality. Green infrastructure usually costs less to install and maintain when compared to traditional forms of infrastructure. Green infrastructure projects also foster community cohesiveness by engaging all residents in the planning, planting and maintenance of the sites.

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