Green Infrastructure Toolkit


About This Toolkit

The purpose of this toolkit is to analyze common trends in the approaches various cities are taking to planning, implementing, and funding green infrastructure to manage stormwater. The toolkit is intended to aid local governments nationwide in comparing best practices across cities, drawing lessons from different approaches, and crafting similar policies for their own jurisdictions.

The Georgetown Climate Center would like to thank the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation for making this work possible, and the other funders who support the Center's work. 

The Georgetown Climate Center benefitted from the expertise of an extensive network of experts and leading communities pursuing adaptation across the country to develop this toolkit of best practices for using green infrastructure to manage stormwater in the face of changes in precipitation due to climate change.  Our advisory group included expert representatives from Milwaukee, WI; Ann Arbor, MI; Detroit, MI; Cambridge, MA; Baltimore, MD; Delaware County, PA; Washington, DC, Santa Fe, NM; and Denver, CO; the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Innovation Division and Office of Water; the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN); Smart Growth America (SGA); the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO); and the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center. By aligning the development of this toolkit with these organizations, GCC was able to reach a broader national platform, provide desperately needed research capacity to these front-line networks of public officials, and connect this work to public health officials who provide an important constituency in advocating measures that improve water quality. We developed this toolkit in response to requests made by a number of communities through a Request for Proposals (RFP) GCC released in late 2013. Over a quarter of the applications we received from across the U.S. involved requests for assistance with stormwater, illustrating the needs jurisdictions face in trying to use green infrastructure to adapt.  GCC would like to thank representatives from those organizations and local governments listed above for their assistance in developing the content.

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