Green Infrastructure: The Ultimate Solution

How does your city think about the possibilities for green infrastructure? Abby Hall, policy analyst at the US EPA, who spoke with us at the recent EcoDistricts Summit, says it solves more problems than you think.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 07:00 EST | 9
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12/26/2013 4:36:29 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Downside

Thanks for the video...Wow!! Talk about a robust solution.

" I do think this needs to be pushed by the local government"... completly agree. What caught my attention the most is that this is a solution that it's scalable and can be fitted to any community, meaning that older cities can benefit from this.

Also, this is something that can be implemented in cities with less resources, since it would allow for a solution that would be tailored to what the need is.

I definitly see this as being benchmark to be implemeted in third world countries, where infrastructure projects can be difficult due to the lack of resources, but this type of implementation is something that can be seen as a budgetted project.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/19/2013 2:22:45 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Downside
Miki: Thanks for weighing in. That's a great example -- it shows that green infrastructure doesn't have to involve massive, big-budget projects. If xeriscaping is done citywide, spearheaded by local residents and businesses, that could produce significant results.

However, I do think this needs to be pushed by the local government... I don't imagine that most residents or commercial property owners are necessarily familiar with the concept of xeriscaping. How can cities educate property owners about this? How is this being done now, in the cities you reference?

12/19/2013 9:46:18 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Downside
Incase of developing countries like Pakistan, India and Srilanka private investors are interested mostly in tech busnisses because those businesses are growing really fast in south asian region.
Private investors tend to invest where profit margin is greater... and in case of developing countries local investors dont understand the need of green infrastructure and secondly they are more interested in investing in some proven idea... Risk taking culture is not there..

Miki Calero
Miki Calero  
12/18/2013 9:11:56 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Downside
Listening to Abby's remarks brought xeriscaping to mind. Cities are offering incentives to residential and commercial property owners to adopt this water-conserving landscaping technique and contribute to the Green Infrastructure scheme. Being commercially viable, xeriscaping also sustains economic development in its own right: expertise abounds, the technology is proven, public perception has turned favorable, and changes in city code no longer prevents adoption.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/18/2013 5:03:32 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Downside
Hi raza.majeed: Thanks for weighing in here. The up front costs of green infrastructure are certainly a hurdle -- that is the case in the developed world as well. It seems to me that developing cities can attract private investment for green infrastructure projects... have you seen much of that happening?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/18/2013 5:00:39 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: stormwater etc.
Hey hfreeman: So is it just the terminology that bothers you? Do you think it's detrimental to speak about climate change?

12/18/2013 12:30:16 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
stormwater etc.
I liked the comments about managing stormwater with green infrastructure, and liked many of the other comments. Was a bit put off, however, by placing emphasis at the end in "climate change."

Aside from being a troglodite, I think that even recent conversations (last 30 years) demonstrate that in 20, 30 years from now, we'll have a new term or focus--"global cooling" became "global warming" became "climate change" becomes...--and changes in infrastructure now last 50, 100 years.

So it seems we should do things that are ethical, financially prudent, and observant of urban growth, rather than primarily to obey debatable trends.

12/18/2013 10:45:12 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Wonderful read.. 
There are a lot of benefits of Green Infrastructure specially the amount of water we can save environmental effects. But the capital and maintenance cost of GREEN products is too high for most of the developing countries that they cannot afford these kind of experiments.
They are beneficial in longer run but the upfront cost is a major hurdle in the adoption of this concept.

12/18/2013 10:33:49 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Greening Of The Airports
I've noticed in recent announcements from the Florida Department of Aviation a definite push to encourage and regulate the ground water around Florida's airports. The division has published guidelines for even the smallest airports on how to come into compliance with drainage and other water and pollution issues which sometime can be troublesome because of the oils and gasoline spills common around many facilities.

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