Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure is a concept originating in the United States in the mid-1990s that highlights the importance of the natural environment in decisions about land-use planning. In particular there is an emphasis on the "life support" functions provided by a network of natural ecosystems, with an emphasis on interconnectivity to support long-term sustainability. Examples include clean water and healthy soils, as well as the more anthropocentric functions such as recreation and providing shade and shelter in and around towns and cities.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the concept to apply to the management of stormwater runoff at the local level through the use of natural systems, or engineered systems that mimic natural systems, to treat polluted runoff. This use of the term "green infrastructure" to refer to urban "green" best management practices (BMPs), although not central to the larger concept, does contribute to the overall health of natural ecosystems.

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Clean Water State Revolving Fund - Addressing Climate Change - Green Infrastructure
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Center For Neighborhood Technology - Water - Other Natural Resources
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... A 2012 study found that 44% of green infrastructure projects reduce costs compared to 31% that increased costs ... The study focused on 479 green infrastructure projects from across the US ...

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