Green Infrastructure Collaborative
On October 8, 2014, EPA joined with other federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and private-sector entities to form the Green Infrastructure Collaborative, a network-based learning alliance created to help communities more easily implement green infrastructure.
The Green Infrastructure Collaborative Statement of Support outlines commitments from members to advance adoption of green infrastructure to support water quality and community development goals. The collaborative will build capacity for implementing green infrastructure practices by providing a platform for national stakeholders to:
- Leverage joint efforts to publicize the multiple community benefits of green infrastructure,
- Build and share knowledge around emerging green infrastructure technologies and policy issues, and
- Facilitate shared inquiry into the best ways to encourage adoption of green infrastructure technologies at the community level.
Collaborative members plan to work closely together to align public and private knowledge and resources to promote green infrastructure. They will highlight the broad community benefits of green infrastructure including improving air quality, reducing energy use, mitigating climate change, and increasing resilience to climate change impacts.
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A Federal Letter of Support for the Green Infrastructure Collaborative was released by seven federal agencies. Each agency is committed to taking specific actions to promote green infrastructure. Joining EPA, the cooperating agencies are the:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture,
- U.S. Department of Defense,
- U.S. Department of Energy,
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,
- U.S. Department of the Interior, and
- U.S. Department of Transportation.
The Green Infrastructure Collaborative includes more than 20 academic, nongovernmental, and private sector organizations committed to advancing the implementation of green infrastructure strategies.
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International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO Group)
Dain Hansen (email@example.com)
Vice President of Government Relations
Mid-Atlantic Green Infrastructure Consortium
Robert G. Traver, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE, F.EWRI, F. ASCE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Professor and Director
Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA)
Susan Gilson (email@example.com)
Jon Devine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Green Infrastructure Statement of Intent signed in 2007 established an initiative to promote and encourage the use of green infrastructure. The partners that signed the statement were EPA and the:
- National Association of Clean Water Agencies,
- Natural Resources Defense Council,
- Low Impact Development Center, and
- Association of State and the Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (now the Association of Clean Water Administrators).
American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation, and the US Water Alliance joined the partnership after the original signing. The Green Infrastructure Collaborative builds upon activities associated with that initiative, with members working together and sharing resources, tools, and research to advance green infrastructure implementation. Learn more about collaborative members in this section and the resources they are contributing to the effort.
Founded in 1973, American Rivers Exitis a conservation organization centered on protecting and restoring America's rivers and streams. American Rivers is a strong supporter of moving the focus from gray to green infrastructure.
- Banking on Green: A Look at How Green Infrastructure Can Save Municipalities Money and Provide Economic Benefits Community-wide (A Joint Report American Rivers, WEF, ASLA, and ECONorthwest(44 pp, 990 K, About PDF) Exit —This compendium documents current experiences, analysis, and knowledge on the economic impacts caused by polluted urban runoff.
The Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) Exit has been working since 1961 to protect the nation's waters. It brings together state, interstate, and territorial clean water professionals to foster the exchange of ideas and strategies to advance national water protection. In its Call for Change, ACWA recognizes green infrastructure as a strategy that requires more support and attention across the country in the 21st century.
- Siting Green Infrastructure: Legal and Policy Solutions To Alleviate Urban Poverty and Promote Healthy Communities(26 pp, 517 K, About PDF) Exit— ACWA's executive director discusses green infrastructure's role in alleviating urban poverty in this article published in the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review.
The Low Impact Development Center (LID Center) Exit is a nonprofit organization that combines land use planning and engineering principles to promote development that re-creates preexisting hydrologic site conditions. It has worked extensively with EPA and stakeholders to develop green infrastructure initiatives.
- Urban Design Tools Exit —This site provides watershed managers with a set of tools and techniques that can be used to meet regulatory and receiving water protection program goals for urban retrofits, redevelopment projects, and new development sites.
- Rain Garden Design Templates Exit —This site displays a series of rain garden and bioretention design templates that can be used by landscape architects, landscape contractors, and garden clubs.
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Exit has been at the forefront in advocating the use of green infrastructure to address the nation's clean water challenges resulting from wet weather. NACWA regularly engages with Congress to promote green infrastructure applications for wet weather management and secure greater investment in water infrastructure.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Exit is one of the nation's largest environmental stakeholder groups and is a staunch supporter of green infrastructure. Their website includes a variety of reports, fact sheets, and case studies on the use of green infrastructure to protect and restore our nation's waters.
- Investigation of the Feasibility and Benefits of Low-Impact Site Design Practices Applied to meet Various Stormwater Runoff Regulatory Standards Exit— This report commissioned by NRDC for EPA examines the feasibility of meeting five different regulatory standards in four different climate regions. For each climate region, 10 scenarios are examined (i.e., with five development types and two soil types).
- Financing Stormwater Retrofits in Philadelphia and Beyond Exit —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 Exit —This report presents the potential of rainwater harvesting as a significant source of nonpotable water for urban areas while reducing polluted stormwater runoff.
- Rooftops to Rivers II Exit—This report provides case studies in 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 Exit—This May 2006 report is a policy guide for decision-makers looking to implement green strategies in their own area. It includes nine case studies of cities that have successfully used green techniques to create healthier urban environments.
- A Clear Blue Future: How Greening California Cities Can Address Water Resources and Climate Challenges in the 21st Century Exit—This report prepared by NRDC and the 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. The practices also can provide an effective way to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the state's water resources.
- City Parks, Clean Water: Making Great Places Using Green Infrastructure(52 pp, 3.57 MB, About PDF) Exit- A report exploring the intersection of green infrastructure and parks.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) Exit is a not-for-profit association that provides technical education and training for thousands of water quality professionals. WEF offers training on green infrastructure design and implementation through conferences and archived webcasts. WEF also is working with EPA to identify and overcome barriers to green infrastructure.
- Hosting a Low Impact Development Design Competition Exit—Learn how to host a green frastructure/low impact development design challenge.
- Stormwater Symposium 2012 Exit—Learn more about the planning necessary to integrate decentralized stormwater controls to manage combined sewer overflow.
- Online Education Exit —WEF offers several archived webcasts on green infrastructure.
- Green Infrastructure Barriers(3 pp, 512 K, About PDF) Exit—This letter to the director of EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management describes the most significant barriers to implementing green infrastructure and suggests several solutions.
The U.S. Water Alliance Exit is a nonprofit organization working to promote holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges. Launched in 2008, the alliance advances its mission through issue analysis, education and outreach, and recognition of national leaders.
- U.S. Water Prize Exit —The U.S. Water Prize honors individuals, institutions, and organizations for outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable solutions to our nation's water challenges.