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2014

“The Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia is the keeper of the GIP legacy,” observes Paul Ham, a Past-Chair of the Green Infrastructure Partnership


“I see my years of chairing the Green Infrastructure Partnership as helping to get the ball rolling and ideas disseminated, on green infrastructure, all of which has subsequently been taken up by others to a much greater degree of implementation and success. Our efforts a decade ago moved the state of-the-art of green infrastructure to a more mainstream level,” said Paul Ham.

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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.

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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.

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Urban Forestry Strategy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Promotes Benefits of Tree Canopy for Rainwater Management


“The term ‘tree-hugging mayor’ has gone from being pejorative (at the outset of my tenure in 2003) to being a term of endearment and even of great pride. The great mayors of America and the great cities of America are paying attention to their urban canopies. It’s the mayor and the city that’s not doing this kind of work is out of step,” said Mayor George Heartwell.

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Leading Change in Metro Vancouver: Delta’s Rain Garden Program Connects a Generation of Students to their Watersheds


“Rain gardens at elementary schools improve fish habitat in Delta’s waterways by promoting infiltration of rainwater runoff. A ‘Rain Gardeners’ curriculum-based education program for Grade 4 and 5 students accompanies the rain garden construction. These ‘rain gardeners’ connect to their local watershed and raise awareness as to how everyday actions may impact nearby watercourses,” states Sarah Howie.

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Could a LEED for Roads Spur Greener Infrastructure?


“Roads are the connective tissue of commerce and make economic growth possible. The US Green Building Council focuses on the vertical infrastructure and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure focuses on horizontal infrastructure. Between the two organizations, we can offer a community a complete palette for making itself more sustainable,” says Bill Bertera.

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Green, Heal and Restore the Earth: Ian McHarg’s “Design with Nature” vision influences implementation of green infrastructure strategies in British Columbia


In his 1969 book, Design With Nature, Ian McHarg pioneered the concept of environmental planning. “So, I commend Design with Nature to your sympathetic consideration. The title contains a gradient of meaning. It can be interpreted as simply descriptive of a planning method, deferential to places and peoples, it can invoke the Grand Design, it can emphasize the conjunction with and, finally it can be read as an imperative. DESIGN WITH NATURE!,” wrote Ian McHarg.

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Preparing for Climate Change in the Chicago Region and Beyond: “Rain Ready” Initiative Promotes Better Rainwater Management


“Through our years of research and advocacy on water management issues, we realized that there was something of a disconnect between information and action. Rain Ready seeks to close that gap by making it easier for homeowners, businesses, and government leaders to create Rain Ready plans,” said Harriet Festing. The Rain Ready website features videos and how-to factsheets that show rain readiness in action.

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