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green infrastructure“At all scales, green infrastructure provides real ecological, economic, and social benefits… Green infrastructure is an effective and cost-efficient tool for absorbing and sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide (C02). Efficient use of green infrastructure can reduce energy usage through passive heating and cooling; filter air and water pollutants; decrease solar heat gain; provide wildlife habitat; reduce the public cost of stormwater management infrastructure and provide flood control; offer food sources; and stabilize soil to prevent or reduce erosion. Green infrastructure is crucial to combating climate change, creating healthy built environments, and improving quality of life.”

– American Society of Landscape Architects

green infrastructure 2“Intelligent green infrastructure planning can save money for sewer authorities by reducing the volume of water treated at municipal facilities. With projected savings on the balance sheet, sewer authorities can float bonds to pay for needed improvements.  By investing in tangible projects that conserve precious water resources, create jobs in low-income neighborhoods, and make cities more livable, the green infrastructure movement, offers a powerful alternative to austerity economics and speculation-based growth models. With its strong roots in communities devastated by deindustrialization and its triple-bottom-line impacts, the movement could help awaken policymakers and elected officials to the reality that relying on financial speculation for growth does not offer a viable path to prosperity.”

– Aaron Bartley, Co-Founder, People United For Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), Huffington Post, Huff Post Green, June 28, 2013

 Additional Resources:

Smart Conservation for the 21st Century

Greening Water Infrastructure 

Staying Green and Growing Jobs