The US Environmental Protection Agency has gathered together its experiences of the green infrastructure projects it has supported over recent years and released a report it says can be used by city managers to engage with potential collaborators and stakeholders.
The report is entitled ‘Tools, Strategies and Lessons Learned from EPA Green Infrastructure Technical Assisstance Projects’ and offers real-world, tested solutions, the EPA says.
The guide emphasises that green infrastructure presents opportunities in both public and private spaces. The EPA has learned, for example, the value in communities producing local design guidance as a way of informing developers about the potential approaches, and adjusting the guidance to help overcome misconceptions.
The guide highlights experiences showing how important it is to draw attention to economic benefits and ways, for example, that green infrastructure projects contribute to meeting any regulatory obligations that are in force.
Green infrastructure can also improve resiliency, contributing in areas such as helping reduce flooding and combined sewer overflows, and supporting water reuse, and the report provides examples of EPA-supported projects that have brought such benefits.
More detail on the experiences brought together in the guide can be found in the completed reports, manuals and conceptual designs found at the EPA’s Green Infrastructure website, www.epa.gov/green-infrastructure.
‘Tools, Strategies and Lessons Learned from EPA Green Infrastructure Technical Assisstance Projects’
US EPA, report EPA 832-R-15-016
Available at: www.epa.gov/green-infrastructure
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