"The skills and resources needed for green infrastructure success cross many organizational boundaries — public and private, for-profit and non-profit, thinkers and doers. Urban resilience solutions must look across built infrastructure, green infrastructure and community-based adaptations rooted in social change. What will crystallize all of these best practices into common practice is the development of partnership templates and tools that link into a replicable model," writes Jad Dayley.
"For the first time, water efficiency, green infrastructure (such as green roofs and rain gardens), and other climate-resilient projects will be eligible for financing from a multi-billion-dollar state clean water fund, instead of having to rely on smaller grants. Their approach is a model for other states seeking to build sustainable, resilient communities that are prepared to combat climate change," wrote Peter Lehner.
"Why did streets fill up and why did water back up into basements? Everything is to blame. No municipal system of sewer pipes can handle that much rain in such a short period of time. Moreover, the Chicago and metropolitan area is flat and we've removed the land's ability to absorb the rain that falls upon it," wrote Deborah Shore.
Mayors are looking for alternatives to traditional infrastructure projects that will be cost-effective and provide residents with amenities. "What's so significant is that there was a unanimous vote on an issue that can be so divisive. When you peel away the high-level arguments and deal with the ground-level issues everyone just rolls up their sleeves and gets to work," said Laura Huffman.
“The reason I think it is important for our students to have the background in green infrastructure is that they are the ones that are going to need to be leading the way,” said Stuart Echols. According to Echols, undergraduates are participating in design competitions on their own — not for class credit.
"The effects that climate change may have on flood hazard is a concern for many local governments and citizens in British Columbia. Planning for future changes in precipitation is important, but it should not overshadow the significance that day-to-day development has on stream flows," stated Chris Jensen.
“We have the tools. We have the understanding. It is a matter of applying both to ‘get it right the second time’. Implement a design with nature approach. Install green infrastructure that restores the Water Balance,” states Richard Boase.
“How does fresh energy and ideas enter into traditional local government systems? "How do we create an environment that allows citizens to lead, staff to facilitate and politicians to innovate? A new approach called Working Groups shifted our political decision making and community engagement in West Vancouver,” reports Councillor Trish Panz.
"The report draws on data from other agencies such as the Community Energy and Emissions Inventory from the provincial government. Most of the targets in the report have been established in either the City’s Official Community Plan or the Comox Valley Regional Growth Strategy," explains Nancy Hofer.
“All the impermeable surfaces in cities create the ideal condition for excess water to overwhelm our already strained municipal stormwater systems. Municipalities, property developers and homeowners must work together to better manage stormwater,” stated Bob Sandford.
A scenario comparison tool to assess green infrastructure effectiveness, achieve a lighter 'water footprint' and protect stream health. Learn More
The Water Conservation Calculator illustrates how specific water conservation measures can yield both fiscal and physical water savings for communities. Learn More
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