Green Infrastructure


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What is it?


Green Infrastructure is a network of systems that helps to allow a developed environment to perform as similar to nature as possible.

Why Is It Better?

A few quick reasons why our current method is undesirable:
-Vulnerable to vandalism, terrorism and weather events- requires constant maintenance & repair, expensive to operate.
-Resources cannot be recycled or reused easily.
-Allows mixture of sewage with potential fresh water source. Pollutes water source, inefficient.
-Encourages chemical poisoning. Not friendly to human nor native species

Potential benefits of Green Infrastructure:
-Promotes ground water recharge.
-Creates habitat for native species
-Maximizes resources for the benefit of occupants (human and more).
-More resilient via self healing

Green Infrastructure Systems:


Green Infrastructure systems can be categorized into a few bigger groups: Hardscapes (man-made, built environments), Softscapes (involving plants and other organisms), and Methodologies (ways of doing things).

Hardscapes:

Orientation

Thermal Mass

Transportation Infrastructure

Pavements

Softscapes:

Groundcover

Vertical Planting

Roof Planting

Methedologies:

Water Management

Waste Management

Knowledge Transfer

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