Green Infrastructure

Creek and road overpass

Overview

Green infrastructure is an all-inclusive name for how natural environmental elements can be incorporated into the built environment. 

Green Infrastructure elements include trees, rain gardens, native landscaping, green roofs, and stormwater management practices like bioswales or bioretention cells. These elements can be deployed in various combinations in commercial, residential and natural settings to help manage stormwater runoff, counteract urban heat islands, provide alternative food sources, and mitigate natural resource and habitat encroachment from transportation systems. 

MARC’s focus for green infrastructure planning is on places where ecological needs intersect with social needs. A well-informed relationship between people and nature is necessary to grow thriving communities in our region. 

Green Infrastructure Framework

The Green Infrastructure Framework focuses on integrating multiple human and social benefits with natural resource conservation and restoration. The framework provides a structure to illustrate not only the presence and health of the natural systems, but also the layered opportunities for protection, connection and enhancement of our communities. 

Model ordinances

This report discusses the community benefits of green stormwater infrastructure, the strengths and limitations of ordinances focusing on public versus private land, and various ordinance types. These model ordinances promote native vegetation and trees to benefit community beautification and stormwater management as well as improve climate resistance and overall local ecosystem health.