“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.”
2011 thru 2015
Wetlands, Not Wastelands: A Workshop for Municipal and Regional Stakeholders in the Okanagan (September 30, 2015)
“Wetlands can provide a number of benefits to society, including: flood control, water treatment, and carbon storage. This workshop will explore gaps and opportunities to protect and conserve wetlands and work towards healthier watersheds. Topics were selected to support key municipal and regional staff and lead conservation groups working in the Okanagan,” states Neil Fletcher.
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.
“We require a healthy, natural living environment for us as a species to do well. So in order for the future to do well in Surrey, we need to ensure that biodiversity does well. And for that you need land and all of the services that biodiversity provides us,” said Deb Jack.
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.
Grey to Green Conference (August 2014): Research Links Green Infrastructure to Health and Economic Benefits
“We’ve reviewed thousands of scientific sources, and the evidence is in – experiences of nearby nature in cities are associated with improved human health and wellness. Parks, trees, and gardens are indeed beautiful, but our work on economic values is showing that ‘vitamin N’ could become a therapy to reduce health costs,” said Dr. Kathleen Wolf.
“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.
“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.
“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.