green infrastructure investing Articles

  • Green infrastructure and flood management - Promoting cost-efficient flood risk reduction via green infrastructure solutions

    Executive summary Europe's floodplains once covered wide stretches along European rivers and were valued for their high ecological importance. Over a number of years they have been cleared for agricultural purposes and changed through urban expansion and artificial flood control structures. Existing natural waterways do not always have the capacity to bear any excess water which can lead ...

  • Green infrastructure and territorial cohesion

    The point of departure for this analysis is to support the European process towards territorial cohesion and green infrastructure development, in particular the development of a strategy for green infrastructure. This report explores the concept of green infrastructure, with illustrative examples of green infrastructure initiatives on the ground and further analyses of the integration of green ...

  • A critical moment to harness green infrastructure—not concrete—to secure clean water

    Natural ecosystems provide essential services for our communities. Forests and wetlands, for example, filter the water we drink, protect neighborhoods from floods and droughts, and shade aquatic habitat for fish populations. While ...

  • Green Urban Infrastructure: Assessing Potential Ecosystem Services in Urban Cities

    Cities all over the world are currently experiencing climate change caused by rapidly increasing atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs). Fortunately, cities may mitigate GHG concentrations by incorporating vegetation into green urban infrastructure (GUI) to develop parks, green roofs, waterways, and other structures. For example, plants sequester carbon (C) by removing atmospheric ...


    By Climate Institute

  • A Path To Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions

    Today, for the most part, our communities’ infrastructure systems are developed and managed separately, by separate utilities and agencies. Sustainable infrastructure, on the other hand, blurs boundaries between our energy, transportation, water and waste systems to implement complementary strategies that benefit more than one system. Among our most important, and difficult, challenges will ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Exploring nature-based solutions - The role of green infrastructure in mitigating the impacts of weather- and climate change-related natural hazards

    Natural resource scarcity, climate change impacts, continued employment crises, public budget debts and economic recovery plans are some of the challenges that governments in Europe currently face. Moreover, Member States in the European Union (EU) need to continue building or rebuilding roads, sewage systems, levees, etc. (also known as grey infrastructure). Despite being essential for economic ...

  • Risk, investment, and opportunity in a changing climate

    To stay competitive, companies will need to find ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Record breaking wildfires raging in Arizona, massive flooding disrupting lives from Iowa to Vermont — extreme weather events have been at the forefront of America’s national consciousness. Yet these events and their repercussions are hardly limited to the United States. Think back last ...

  • Ecosystem-based management approaches for water-related infrastructure projects

    The Green Infrastructure approach refers to the natural or semi-natural systems that provide services for water resources management with equivalent or similar benefits to conventional (built) "grey" water infrastructure. This guide addresses one of the main barriers to widespread adoption of Green Infrastructure (GI) solutions: a general lack of awareness of the solutions and associated cost ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Encouraging green industry innovation

    Recently, in the New York Times Green Column, Bettina Wassener wrote about the “Plastic Disclosure Project,” which annually surveys industry on their overall plastic use and reports back on consumption trends. The goal of the project is to raise ...

  • Going Green in D.C. Case Study

    Green infrastructure practices serve as decentralized alternatives to traditional wet weather controls in urban areas where land is limited and sewer infrastructure is often stressed to capacity. Green infrastructure attempts to restore natural hydrologic processes and decreases the quantity of runoff, reduces peak flow rates, and improves water quality. In addition, green infrastructure can ...


    By LimnoTech Inc.

  • Green Solutions for Resilient Delta Cities

    The climate is changing at the same time as we see enlarging and more densely populated urban delta areas. We need to find new and innovative ways to keep people in urban areas safe from chronic and acute stresses such as flooding and poor water quality whilst maintaining a desirable environment. Green approaches may be the solution. Green approaches and solutions are increasingly proving ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Will the Financial Industry Lead the U.S. to Green?

    This seems a bit of an oxymoron. After all, how much can banks contribute to environmental sustainability? Banks do not require a lot of water to operate or release toxic pollutants into the air. To my knowledge the printing of money does not have a large carbon footprint. While banks and all office-based enterprises can be made more energy and paper-efficient, saving significant expense, it ...


  • How green are those stimulus packages?

    At the close of their summit meeting in London, the G-20 leaders committed to make available a $1.1 trillion program of support in addition to their national economic stimulus packages. While repairing the global financial system was the top priority, the closing communiqué stated , 'We agreed to make the best possible use of investment funded by fiscal stimulus programmes towards the goal of ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Toward Africa`s green future

    From the world's highest mountain ranges to the lowland plains, and from the great oceans and coastal wetlands to agricultural landscapes, nations and communities rely on the bounty and services of natural ecosystems. Biological resources and the goods and ecosystem services they provide underpin every aspect of human life and livelihoods, from food and water security to general well-being and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Do green policies create green jobs? Case not proven yet – Report

    Governments cannot yet evaluate whether ‘green’ policies are creating or destroying jobs due to a lack of data and poor methods, according to a new report published by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science. The authors of the report, Dr Alex Bowen and Dr Karlygash Kuralbayeva, recommend a number of ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Actio at tip of the green manufacturing revolution

    What began as an idea in a technology clean room has evolved into a globally-sought software platform system for the modern, environmentally-regulated marketplace. Actio Corp. was co-founded in 1996 by former college classmates — Russ McCann, a veteran high-tech entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, and Kal Kawar, a chemical engineer and industrial hygiene expert. McCann said the company was ...


    By Actio Corporation

  • Innovation and Investment Key to Success for Yorwaste (Waste shredder case study)

    With the opening of its new Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) facility at the end of 2012, waste and recycling company Yorwaste is supporting a step-change within the UK waste industry with a shift in focus from waste processing to profitable fuel production. It is widely acknowledged that the UK must do more to reduce its landfill contributions and instead harness energy from waste – developing ...


    By UNTHA UK LTD

  • With more investment, the developing world can lead the way to a low-carbon future

    Global business can find good investments that also address climate change by looking to the world’s most vulnerable populations. When it comes to helping the world transition to a low-carbon future, developing nations are in a unique position to lead — but they can’t do it alone. Investments are needed. Luckily, the opportunities are promising for ...


    By Ensia

  • Scaling up climate finance: Why we need to invest in institutions

    Addressing global climate change requires huge investments. In order to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius and protect vulnerable communities from climate change’s impacts, experts estimate that developing countries will need between $110 and $275 billion ...

  • EU Industrial Policy Strategy: Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable industry

    On 13 September, in his annual State of the Union address, President Jean-Claude Juncker stated: "I want to make our industry stronger and more competitive. The new Industrial Policy Strategy we are presenting today will help our industries stay or become the world leader in innovation, digitisation and ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

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