Green Infrastructure in Parks and Private Property

Green Infrastructure in Parks and Private Property and Resources

Planning for Equity in Parks with Green Infrastructure

December 2017

From the APA and National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).  Planners and park professionals routinely incorporate green infrastructure principles into the planning and design of pub­lic parks.  This approach can be a powerful tool to improve the environmental quality of parks, engage and empower nearby communities, and provide social equity benefits.

Read more, link to Planning For Equity In Parks With Green Infrastructure.


EPA Releases “Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding and Community Engagement”

June 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency produced “Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding and Community Engagement” to encourage partnerships between park and stormwater agencies to promote the use of green infrastructure on park lands.  Green infrastructure can help to maximize the environmental, economic, and social benefits of parks.  By building strong partnerships, agencies can improve park lands and access to parks, better manage stormwater, increase community resiliency to shifting weather patterns, and provide funding to implement and maintain park enhancements that benefit the community.


Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing:  Green Infrastructure in Parks

2017

This Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks builds on the success of park and green infrastructure initiatives throughout the United States.  The 48-page Guide provides basic principles, inspiration, and ideas that can help planners, designers, and decision-makers equitably integrate green.  The Guide was developed partnership between the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the American Planning Association (APA), with support from the Low Impact Development Center Inc. (LID Center).stormwater infrastructure into parks and park systems across the country.

Link to the Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks


Catalyzing Green Infrastructure on Private Property

October 2017

The NRDC and the New York University Stern Center for Sustainable Business have released a new report with recommendations for stimulating wide spread use of green infrastructure on private property, to help reduce stormwater runoff from existing development.  The report presents an innovative approach to a large-scale green infrastructure grant program, which can be adapted by cities around the US, which engages the private sector, community-based organizations, and the affordable housing sector.

The report offers ways to leverage green infrastructure retrofit efforts with other local green building and sustainability initiatives.  The report is based on over 250 expert interviews, stakeholder meetings, and the work of a NRDC finance analyst working from the offices of the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection. 

A blog summarizing the report can be found here.


Saving the Rain – EPA
Green Stormwater Solutions for Congregations

May 2020

Congregations can use this guide for help with constructing green stormwater management practices to enhance landscapes.  Using a stepwise approach, this guide walks readers through a comprehensive process:

  • Educate the congregation
  • Identify champions
  • Organize working groups
  • Partner with local governments
  • Identify green infrastructure opportunities at their places of worship

The document from the EPA includes information to help plan, design, and build as well as links to resources and tools for assessing and mapping areas to place green stormwater practices.

Download the green stormwater management practices guide.