Green Infrastructure Helps Communities Become “Climate Smart”

In most of the things I have seen lately about green infrastructure, most of the emphasis has been on either stormwater management or shoreline resilience. Now, these are important, and I don’t want to minimize these issues, but the video and post below also point how how other aspects of green infrastructure can help make cities resilient to other aspects of climate change. Check it out!

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At the New Partners for Smart Growth conference in Baltimore, a panel of experts called for using green infrastructure to make communities “climate smart,” which can boost their resilience to natural disasters.

According to Breece Robertson, the Trust for Public Land’s geographic information systems (GIS) director, climate-smart cities use green infrastructure in four ways (see a brief video above). They create “safe, interconnected opportunities to walk or bike; cool down the city by planting trees and creating parks; absorb stormwater to save energy and recharge aquifers; and protect cities through green shorelines.”

In a pilot study with New York City government, Columbia University, and Drexel University on how to use green infrastructure to protect New York City’s waterfront, the team created a GIS data tool to model priorities. According to Robertson, the models found that “green buffers really do improve resilience.”

Pete Wiley, an economist with the NOAA’s office for…

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