Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning: A Multi-Scale Approach

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Island Press, Aug 31, 2015 - Architecture - 168 pages
From New York City's urban forest and farmland in Virginia to the vast Sonoran Desert of Arizona and riverside parks in Vancouver, Washington, green infrastructure is becoming a priority for cities, counties, and states across America. Recognition of the need to manage our natural assets—trees, soils, water, and habitats—as part of our green infrastructure is vital to creating livable places and healthful landscapes. But the land managemdecisions about how to create plans, where to invest money, and how to get the mfrom these investments are complex, influenced by differing landscapes, goals, and stakeholders.

Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning addresses the nuts and bolts of planning and preserving natural assets at a variety of scales—from dense urban environments to scenic rural landscapes. A practical guide to creating effective and well-crafted plans and then implementing them, the book presents a six-step process developed and field-tested by the Green Infrastructure Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Well-organized chapters explain how each step, from setting goals to implementing opportunities, can be applied to a variety of scenarios, customizable to the reader's target geographical location. Chapters draw on a diverse group of case studies, from the arid open spaces of the Sonoran Desert to the streets of Jersey City. Abundant full color maps, photographs, and illustrations complemthe text.

For planners, elected officials, developers, conservationists, and others interested in the creation and maintenance of open space lands and urban green infrastructure projects or promoting a healthy economy, this book offers a comprehensive yet flexible approach to conceiving, refining, and implementing successful projects.

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Chapter 1 Green Infrastructure
Chapter 2 The Need to Evaluate and Map Natural Features
Chapter 3 Organize Your Initiative
Chapter 4 How to Identify Evaluate and Prioritize Natural Assets as Part of a Green Infrastructure Plan
From Region to Site
Chapter 6 Building Community Support
Chapter 7 Using Models and Spatial Data to Create Natural Asset Maps
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Karen Firehock is director and co-founder of the Green Infrastructure Center. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in planning and natural resources management, and is an adjunct lecturer in green infrastructure planning at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. She has won multiple awards for her planning work, including a Renew America Award for the Nation’s Best Water Protection Program, a National River Greenways Award, and State Conservationist of the Year award.

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