“If we’re going to build, let’s build green,” says David Suzuki

"We shouldn’t lose sight of less-expensive and longer-lasting solutions to many of our infrastructure needs, like planting trees in urban areas for stormwater management and other services," wrote David Suzuki. "Adding 10 trees to a block can produce health benefits equivalent to a $10,000 salary raise or being seven years younger. Despite their enormous value to society, urban forest canopies are stressed and in decline in many parts of the country."

Seeing Beyond the Trees: The Greening of Detroit expands its reach to tackle the beneficial use of rainwater runoff

“Trees are community builders. The shades they produce reduce summer temperatures in these areas. Wherever there’s a large canopy area, the value of those houses increase,” says Dean Hay. If residents understood where their water went, and if the city could embrace a viable way to use its water more efficiently, Hay believes there would be long-term economic — as well as environmental — benefits.

AUGUST 25: Live Webcast of “Grey to Green Conference” Presents Green Infrastructure Advancements to a Worldwide Audience

Viewers from around the world will be able to learn more about the connections between green infrastructure, economics, and human health by attending a live webcast of the Grey to Green Conference on August 25th, 2014. “The live webcast allows individuals who cannot afford the time or money to travel the ability to take advantage of the excellent and leading-edge content being provided at this event,” said Steven W. Peck.

Greener, Healthier Communities: United States Agriculture Department to demonstrate green infrastructure, organic farming in Washington, DC ‘outdoor museum’

"One of the more thoughtful landscaping undertakings I have seen will be installed over the next fifteen years on, appropriately enough, the grounds of the US Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington. The site is prominently placed on the National Mall just steps away from the Washington Monument. The lengthy, detailed description of the People’s Garden reads like a manifesto for outdoor sustainability," writes Kaid Benfield.

From Concrete ‘Jail Yard’ to Lush Escape in Brooklyn

"Initially the space was an unwelcoming pit — sited well below street level and surrounded by 22-foot-high concrete walls. A massive dry well to capture and disperse rainwater sat at the bottom, covered by thick concrete. The designers made the most of the existing structure, fabricating a showstopping waterfall and trellis to capitalize on the height of the concrete walls," wrote Bonnie Monte.

Cities Alive: Rethinking Green Infrastructure

"The ideas being developed in Cities Alive seek to capture not only the beauty of nature but also the sustainability of balanced ecosystems. Cities Alive provides an important opportunity for ecosystem specialists to work closely with landscape professionals to optimise how we build for our future," stated the Royal Botanic Gardens' Monique Simmonds, OBE.

Pipes to Parks: Creating Greenspaces with Rainwater in Atlanta, Georgia

“The topic redefines how decision makers approach community planning, and is especially relevant with the record amount of rainfall Atlanta is experiencing this year; the existing infrastructure has been overstressed and there is a great opportunity to leverage green infrastructure for improvements in city parks," says Walt Ray.