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Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Guides and Publications

The G3 Guides and Publications resources can be used to help support your community's green street project.  To quickly find what you are looking for, the guides and publications have been organized into the following five categories:

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Policy, Regulations, and Incentives

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Planning and Design 

  • Storm Smart Cities: Integrating Green Infrastructure into Local Hazard Mitigation Plans  This guide examines how communities can integrate green infrastructure into their Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.  It provides a case study of green infrastructure integration efforts in the City of Huntington, West Virginia and the West Virginia Region 2 Planning & Development Area.

  • Storm Smart Schools: A Guide to Integrate Green Stormwater Infrastructure to Meet Regulatory Compliance and Promote Environmental Literacy This guide captures the approach used to identify and select a school and the types of green infrastructure BMPS available to meet regulatory requirements and provide multiple community and educational benefits.  This guide serves as a resource to community stakeholders, local governments and schools to address the process including planning, design, construction, operation and maintanence and longterm stewardship for green infrastucture on school grounds.  
  • EPA's Green Infrastructure List of Design Manuals States, counties, municipalities, and nonprofits across the United States and Canada have developed stormwater design manuals that emphasize green infrastructure and low impact design. Each manual includes a detailed design guidelines tailored to the local physical and regulatory landscape and planning and design approaches as well as structural stormwater controls.
  • Green Infrastructure Opportunities that Arise During Municipal Operations (PDF)(36 pp, 3.2 MB) This document provides approaches local government officials and municipal program managers in small to midsize communities can use to incorporate green infrastructure components into work they are doing in public spaces. The guide demonstrates ways in which projects can be modified relatively easily and at a low cost recognizing that municipal resources can be limited. 
  • Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure: Municipal Handbook on Green Streets (PDF)(19 pp, 1.8 MB)  This paper evaluates programs and policies that have been used to successfully integrate green infrastructure into roads and right-of-ways.  Some municipalities are capitalizing on the benefits gained by introducing green infrastructure in transportation applications. 
  • Green Streets: A conceptual Guide to Effective Green Streets Design Solutions (PDF) (7 pp, 5.7 MB)  ExitThis guide provides an overview of different strategies that can be employed in transportation rights-of-way at the local or neighborhood scale.  It reviews several different type of transportation right of ways including residential streets, commercial streets, arterial streets and alleys.   
  • Town of Bladensburg, Maryland, Green Streets and Green Jobs Charrette and Design Guidebook (PDF) (37 pp, 23.3 MB) Exit This guidebook provides an introduction to going green, including why it makes sense, what makes a green street, and definitions and background information on green technologies and approaches. These technologies focus on achieving watershed protection through Green Infrastructure and LID techniques, renewable energy, green construction, and recycled materials use. Information on green financing, green jobs, and green business incubation is also covered. 
  • The City of Chicago Green Alley Handbook: An action guide to creater a greener, environmentally sustainable Chicago (PDF) (24 pp, 3.7 MB) Exit This handbook will explain why the city is interested in sustainable alley design, illustrate the BMP techniques the City will use in green alley design, and provide sample layouts of how these elements have been combined in pilot applications. In addition, information and resources are provided for property owners interested in implementing their own environmental BMPs

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Construction, Operation, and Maintenance 

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Financing and Economic Benefits 

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Green Jobs and Training 

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