Green Infrastructure Makes Dollars and Sense


Cities around the world are abandoning “gray infrastructure” in favor or the more economical and ecological sensible “green infrastructure” according to a recent article from the environmental website e360.yale.edu.

Gray infrastructure is the network ditches, concrete pipes, and stone-lined ponds that constitute old-fashioned storm water management.   Green infrastructure, as we’ve talked about before in this blog, uses native vegetation, trees, shrubs to create systems that perform ecological services such as storm water retention, infiltration, and filtering of sediments and pollutants–ecosystem services that are degraded or lost in the built urban environment.

The article, titled: “With Funding Tight, Cities are Turning to Green Infrastructure.” cites examples of green infrastructure projects in cities from Seattle to Sweden, from Maryland to Germany.

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About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist practicing and writing in the Midwestern United States.
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