An Introduction to Green Infrastructure


Green infrastructure refers to an interconnected, multifunctional network of greenspace and natural areas that shapes and is shaped by environmental, economic, social, and health outcomes in communities. It may refer to a wide array of natural features, engineered structures, or managed interconnected networks of green space and their associated ecosystem services, including parks, stormwater management features, greenways and trails, green streets, and watershed restoration projects, among other types of green spaces.

Use this tool to explore green infrastructure and its relationship with environment and health qualities, housing, economic development, and the social fabric of our communities. Students will learn how all of these aspects of green infrastructure interact to shape community empowerment, quality of life, and wellness. The discussion questions will aid students in breaking down the multiple impacts of green infrastructure, the importance of community engagement and leadership in green infrastructure planning processes, and the role of local policies and programs in shaping how green infrastructure impacts communities.

This tool was contributed by Jessica Fisch.

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