What Is Green Infrastructure?

Nature can also be infrastructure, harnessed for its ability to provide a variety of beneficial services to communities, such as protections from floods, mitigation of heat, habitat for wildlife, and improved air and water quality. 

As the world begins to reckon with the effects of climate change and the other negative outcomes of traditional 20th century infrastructure, like air pollution from cars and water pollution from industrial-scale business operations, the use of green infrastructure has become more common as a feature of sustainable and regenerative environments.

Historically, infrastructure planning and building has relied on engineering and man-made structures—such as gutters, pipes, tunnels, and dams—to attempt to remove or limit environmental effects. Stormwater is channeled into a storm drain and quickly pushed out to the ocean, for example. 

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James Brasuell