A Placemaking Journal

Green Infrastructure: Let’s get spongy!

Green infrastructure encompasses a range of innovative, nature-based solutions, such as green roofs, rain gardens, permeable pavements, and bioswales. These approaches work in harmony with the environment to manage stormwater, reduce urban heat island effects, and promote biodiversity. By integrating green infrastructure into urban planning, we can make our communities more resilient, sustainable, and adaptable to the challenges of a changing climate.

In honor of World Water Day 2023, today we launch our Green Infrastructure Toolkit which is based on best practices for incorporating green infrastructure into local government planning and projects. It provides a comprehensive set of 25 key actions that local governments can implement to create more sustainable and resilient communities. The Toolkit is available as a free, interactive document for your convenience.

Each of the 25 actions includes the necessary regulatory or policy tool for implementation, as well as methods, key points, and interventions required to see it through. We’ve highlighted different methods for each action, providing flexibility and adaptability to suit your community’s unique needs.

Hoping the Green Infrastructure Toolkit will help your community transform our urban landscapes into spongy, eco-friendly spaces that not only address the immediate challenges but also pave the way for a sustainable future.

The coauthors include many stormwater specialists, but also urbanists who understand the importance of the elements of the built environment coming together to form complete communities. Big thanks to my coauthors: Kaid Benfield, Scott Bernstein, Paul Crabtree, Bruce Donnelly, Scott Doyon, Susan Henderson, Steve Mouzon, Milt Rhodes, and Colleen Sklar.

We’re excited to see the positive impact that green infrastructure can have on our communities. By working together and sharing our experiences, we can make a lasting difference for future generations. Let’s get spongy!


Hazel Borys

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