Water: Green Infrastructure
What are EPA's Partners Doing to Support Green Infrastructure
EPA works with a diverse array of public and private partners to expand the implementation of green infrastructure. These partners include federal agencies, non-profit organizations, research institutions, professional organizations, and private sector entities.
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Seven federal agencies have come together to support the Green Infrastructure Collaborative. These agencies have signed a Federal Letter of Support (PDF) (4 pp, 242K, About PDF) committing to specific actions to help promote green infrastructure. The cooperating agencies include the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Agency commitments include:
- Technical assistance to provide on-the-ground support aimed at creating integrated green stormwater management and hazard mitigation plans.
- Recognizing innovative green infrastructure projects.
- Working with States to integrate ecosystems and transportation planning.
- Incorporating green infrastructure practices into agency facilities or lands.
- Emphasizing connections to green infrastructure in existing grant programs.
- Distilling and broadly disseminating the best ideas and lessons learned from existing grant programs.
Over the coming weeks, EPA will work to engage a range of stakeholders in the Green Infrastructure Collaborative in order to align public and private knowledge and resources to promote green infrastructure.
- Siting Green Infrastructure: Legal and Policy Solutions To Alleviate Urban Poverty and Promote Healthy Communities – This Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review article penned by ACWA's Executive Director discusses green infrastructure's role in alleviating urban poverty.
- Urban Design Tools - This site provides watershed managers with a new set of tools and techniques that can be used to meet regulatory and receiving water protection program goals for urban retrofits, re-development projects, and new development sites.
- Rain Garden Design Templates – This site displays a series of rain garden, or bioretention, design templates that can be used by landscape architects, landscape contractors, and garden clubs.
- Investigation of the Feasibility and Benefits of Low-Impact Site Design Practices Applied to meet Various Stormwater Runoff Regulatory Standards (PDF) (52 pp, 1.3MB, About PDF) - This report commissioned by NRDC for the EPA examines the feasibility of meeting five different regulatory standards in four different climate regions. For each climate region, 10 scenarios are examined, representing five development types and two soil types.
- Financing Stormwater Retrofits in Philadelphia and Beyond - This report from NRDc's Water Program and Center for Market Innovation evaluates how cities can attract private financing for stormwater retrofits to fund more green infrastructure projects and reduce the required amount of public investment.
- Capturing Rainwater from Rooftops - This report presents the potential of rainwater harvesting to provide a significant source of non-potable water for urban areas while also reducing polluted stormwater runoff.
- Rooftops to Rivers II - NRDC's Rooftops to Rivers II report provides case studies for 14 geographically diverse cities that are all leaders in employing green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater challenges; simultaneously finding beneficial uses for stormwater, reducing pollution, saving money, and beautifying cityscapes.
- Rooftops to Rivers: Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflows - This May 2006 report is a policy guide for decision makers looking to implement green strategies in their own area, including nine case studies of cities that have successfully used green techniques to create a healthier urban environment.
- A Clear Blue Future: How Greening California Cities Can Address Water Resources and Climate Challenges in the 21st Century – This report prepared by NRDC and University of California-Santa Barbara finds that implementing green infrastructure practices in new and redeveloped residential and commercial properties in parts of California can dramatically increase water supplies, providing an effective way to mitigate the impacts of climate change on California's water resources.
- Hosting a Low Impact Development Design Competition - Learn how to host a green infrastructure/low impact development design challenge.
- Stormwater Symposium 2012 - Learn more about the planning necessary to integrate decentralized stormwater controls for combined sewer overflow management.
- Online Education – WEF offers several archived webcasts on green infrastructure.
- Green Infrastructure Barriers (PDF) (3 pp, 512K, About PDF)– This letter to the Director of EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management describes the most significant barriers to the implementation of green infrastructure and suggests several solutions.
- Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference - The Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference challenges the environmental, technical, municipal and educational communities to think differently about sustainably managing limited urban water resources and resource recovery innovation. The conference has become the focal point for the national dialogue on resource recovery and green infrastructure.
- U.S. Water Prize - The United States Water Prize honors individuals, institutions, and organizations that have made an outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable solutions to our nation's water challenges.
Silk Tree Gardens (commercial)
Charles River Watershed Association
Coalition for Alternative Wastewater Treatment
Green Street Systems LLC
Conservation Law Foundation
West River Watershed Alliance
Association of Environmental Authorities of New Jersey
Passaic River Institute of Montclair State University
Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Natural Systems Engineering
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division, Water Bureau of Water Permits
American Institute of Architects
American Public Works Association
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Landscape Architects
Association of Clean Water Administrators
Clean Water Action
Environmental Integrity Project
Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition
National Association of Clean Water Agencies
National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP)
National Association of Water Companies
National Audubon Society
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Landscape Architecture Foundation
U.S. Green Building Council
Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association, Inc.
Center for Watershed Protection
Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition
The Low Impact Development Center
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities
County of Henrico
The Conservation Fund
Water Environment Federation
Wet Weather Partnership
Alachua County, Florida
City of Mount Dora
Florida Chapter of the National Association of Home Inspectors
City of Winterhaven
Green Connection US
City of Austell, Department of Public Works
The Rain Harvest Company
Aqua Pro Solutions LLC
Progressive Design and Planning
Cumberland River Compact
Harpeth River Watershed Association
Tennessee Clean Water Network
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Alliance for the Great Lakes
Center for Neighborhood Technology
GreenGrid/Weston Solutions, Inc.
International Society of Arboriculture
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
D2 Land and Water Resource
Williams Creek Consulting
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Gulf Restoration Network
American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association
City of Dallas, Department of Aviation
Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance
The Rain Conservatory of Texas
Institute of Environmental Sciences & Technology
Watershed Management Group
Bay Area Clean Water Agencies
California Association of Sanitation Agencies
Council for Watershed Health
Orange County Coastkeeper
Rana Creek, Living Architecture
Santa Monica Baykeeper
City of Boise
City of Oregon City
City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services
Northwest Environmental Defense Center
Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies
Green Futures lab, University of Washington