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  • The Benefits of Green Infrastructure

    Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to be here today to discuss the benefits of Green Infrastructure for Europe's regions and cities, the role that different actors can play at all levels to deploy nature-based solutions across the EU, and how we can work together to make it happen. However, let me first thank the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social ...

  • The Greening of Civil Infrastructure

    Across many industries, manufacturers turn out the countless products we rely on in our daily lives. These processes also create something else: waste — lots of it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, industrial facilities in the United States generate 7.6 billion tons of nonhazardous waste annually.1 To help keep this waste from ending up in landfills, many leading ...


    By ASTM International

  • Environmental benefits of green infrastructure

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new strategy to promote the use of green infrastructure by cities and towns to reduce storm water runoff which pollutes the nation’s streams, creeks, rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Green infrastructure decreases pollution to local waterways by treating rain where it falls and preventing polluted storm water entering sewer ...

  • Reinventing the city - greening urban infrastructures

    Cities play a vital role in the quest to achieve global ecological sustainability. They are the largest contributors to greenhouse gases and climate change. However, through sustainable construction and the better use of urban infrastructure, cities could become a critical leverage point in global efforts to drastically reduce emissions and avoid the social and economic costs associated with ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Introducing tomorrow’s technicians to green infrastructure

    “So it’s like a sponge?” a 17 year-old asks with a questioning look on her face. “Yes, that’s a perfect way to think of it,” replies Dwane Jones, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the University of the District of Columbia. This interaction is typical of the exchanges that occurred over a 3-day introduction to green stormwater infrastructure ...

  • What is the economic value of green infrastructure?

    A new study proposes a method for placing a monetary value on green infrastructure at both a project and regional scale. This makes it easier to show the value of investing in green infrastructure to the public and other stakeholders. With increasing urbanisation and its subsequent negative effects on the environment, the need for green spaces is becoming increasingly recognised. Although it ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Driving green infrastructure USA grows

    Renewable natural gas is derived from the methane that emits from organic waste as it decomposes. This methane is captured at agricultural facilities, landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and separated municipal solid waste digesters, and then cleaned in a treatment process to produce a product indistinguishable from natural gas. The resulting ...

  • Smart grid to the next level

    Making a smart grid for smart and sustainable energy supply has reached the next level now that for the city of Lelystad a consortium of thirteen partners have agreed to work together. Their ‘Grand Design’ for sustainable energy and infrastructure was created in May this year, and consists of three parts: making (existing) buildings sustainable, use the available biogas in the ...

  • Stimulating private investment in green infrastructure - A how to guide

    A new report from OECD identifies how governments can scale-up private investment towards greener infrastructure,e.g. in energy, transport and water sectors, to address climate change and local development goals. The report, Towards a Green Investment Policy Framework: The Case of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • $70,000 in Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance to Omaha, Neb.

    EPA is providing $70,000 in technical assistance to the City of Omaha, Neb., for development of tools that will encourage incorporation of green infrastructure into community improvement projects. “Green infrastructure provides many community benefits including the reduction of stormwater runoff, neighborhood revitalization and reduction of pollutants in local streams,” said Karl ...

  • $30,000 in Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance to Neosho, Mo.

    EPA is providing $30,000 in technical assistance to the City of Neosho, Mo., to protect water quality, reduce flooding and determine the best practices for managing rain water through the use of green infrastructure. “Green infrastructure provides many community benefits including the reduction of stormwater runoff, neighborhood revitalization and reduction of pollutants in local ...

  • EPA, national and environmental groups launch green infrastructure

    Plan to Benefit Communities and the Environment EPA, with state and national partners, released a comprehensive plan to reduce runoff and increase environmental and economic benefits for communities. The strategy will help reduce stormwater runoff and sewer overflows by promoting 'green infrastructure'approaches, such as green roofs, trees and tree boxes, rain gardens, and porous pavements. ...

  • Use of green infrastructure for environmental and economic benefits

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new strategy to promote the use of green infrastructure by cities and towns to reduce storm water runoff that pollutes the nation’s streams, creeks, rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Green infrastructure decreases pollution to local waterways by treating rain where it falls and keeping polluted storm water from entering sewer ...

  • Increasing green infrastructure ecosystem services in urban areas

    A new model has been developed that could help metropolitan areas adapt to climate change by increasing ecosystem services provided by green spaces and farmland. This is done by calculating the percentage of evapotranspiring surface for different types of land use and the degree of fragmentation between ecosystems. To demonstrate how it works, researchers have applied this 'land use suitability ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA, Pueblo of Cochiti Develop Green Infrastructure Projects

    As different areas of the country become drier and hotter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico, are developing green infrastructure projects that address water needs. The EPA initiative focuses resources from multiple federal agencies to help meet economic, environmental and community needs identified by tribal leaders. EPA is also providing ...

  • Rio rancho receives $286,000 for green infrastructure

    The City of Rio Rancho, New Mexico is constructing a new well water infrastructure, including two surge tanks, duplex model air compressors and controls that will alleviate problems with pipe failures due to surges from the existing equipment. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $286,000 for the work. EPA encourages citizens to take action to protect the nation’s waters. ...

  • Tell EPA About Your Green Infrastructure Project

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a poster contest to highlight green infrastructure and low-impact development projects in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. Did your business build a parking garage with a green roof? Do your city government buildings harvest rainwater? EPA wants to hear about projects like these in preparation for the EPA Region 6 ...

  • Kansas City’s Middle Blue River Green Infrastructure Receives Envision® Platinum Sustainable Infrastructure Award

    Kansas City’s Middle Blue River Green Infrastructure projects, owned by KC Water, recently received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision Platinum award. The Middle Blue River Green Infrastructure projects are the 20th overall sustainable infrastructure award from Envision. The Middle Blue River Green Infrastructure projects were designed to reduce combined sewer ...

  • Investing in green infrastructure will bring multiple returns to nature, society and people

    The European Commission adopted today a new strategy for encouraging the use of green infrastructure, and for ensuring that the enhancement of natural processes becomes a systematic part of spatial planning. Green Infrastructure is a tried and tested tool that uses nature to provide ecological, economic and social benefits. Instead of building flood protection infrastructure, for example, a green ...

  • Milwaukee Receives EPA Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grant

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the award of a $1 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to the city of Milwaukee to fund green infrastructure projects to improve water quality in Lake Michigan. EPA Region 5 Administrator / Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman was joined at the Global Water Center by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to announce the ...

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