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Green Roofs in Seattle: A Survey of Vegetated Roofs and Rooftop Gardens

August 2010

This report, Green Roofs in Seattle, summarizes finding from a 2009 inventory of green roofs located within the city limits of Seattle, Washington.  The inventory was completed as a result of a collaboration between Seattle Public Utilities, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, and the Green Futures Lab at the University of Washington. In part, the research was designed with the intention of gaining insight into Seattle’s growing green roof industry and its trends, to create a baseline understanding of this emerging marketplace, and to gauge the actual use of green roofs as a Green Stormwater Infrastructure tool.

Author or Affiliated User: Annika McIntosh

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New York City Green Infrastructure Plan - A Sustainable Strategy for Clean Waterways

September 2010

This plan provides a detailed framework and implementation plan for better water quality in New York Harbor with the aim of creating a livable and sustainable New York City. Targeting combined sewer overflow reduction strategies and investments over the next 20 years, it is intended to be an adaptive management strategy and an iterative, flexible decision-making process where incremental measures are continually evaluated and rejected or improved. The city believes this process produces better decisions about investments and overall resource allocation to achieve water quality objectives.

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New York Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Act (2010)

September 29, 2010

This landmark smart growth bill, the New York State Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act (A8011-b/S5560-b), was signed into law on September 29, 2010 by Governor David Paterson. The law directs New York State agencies, authorities and public corporations to screen their infrastructure programs and investments to ensure that they are not funding unsustainable infrastructure. One of the most significant impacts of the Act is that all NYS funding agencies must now, formally, meet ten (10) Smart Growth goals.

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JFK Airport Runway 13R-31L Rehabilitation (John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City, NY)

December 2010

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (“Port Authority”) renovated runway 13R-31L at JFK Airport with design features that will help mitigate the urban heat island effect and better manage stormwater. The renovation project featured a number of sustainable initiatives and climate change adaptation measures, designed to reduce the environmental impact of the airport over the lifetime of the runway. A life-cycle cost analysis led the Port Authority to utilize concrete pavement in place of asphalt.

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EPA Smart Growth: Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities

2011

EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities seeks to provide targeted technical assistance to communities to protect the environment, promote equitable development and help address the challenges of climate change using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. This technical assistance is designed to help selected local and/or tribal governments to implement development approaches that improve public health, create jobs, expand economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life.

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Natural Resource Defense Council: Rooftops to Rivers II

2011

From the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Rooftops to Rivers II describes the challenges of managing stormwater, and the benefits and economics of employing green infrastructure to do so. The report explains how population growth, changing landscapes, aging infrastructure, and climate change are placing increasing pressures on stormwater management. Highly detailed case studies are developed for 14 cities that are all leaders in employing green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater challenges.

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Seattle Public Utilities - Street Edge Alternatives

2011

In 2001, Seattle Public Utilities completed construction of its Seattle Street Edge Alternatives (SEA Streets) project, in which a single residential block was retrofitted with vegetated swales and rain gardens. SEA Streets was a pilot demonstration project designed to return drainage and vegetation in the area to a natural systems approach - providing community and street level aesthetic benefits, as well as contributing to the management of rainfall with green alternatives to stormwater drainage.

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Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions

2011

Prepared by the U. S. Green Building Council, this report summarizes research on projected climate change impacts in the built environment at various scales - regional, neighborhood, and site or building. Predicted climate changes are reported by region, with a range of future characteristics in the categories of temperature, precipitation, coastlines, air quality, pests, and fires. The report also provides strategies for enhancing resilience in buildings, which focus on how green building professionals can utilize adaptation strategies in the built environment.

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The Value of Green Infrastructure for Urban Climate Adaptation

February 2011

In this paper the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) provides information on the costs and benefits of “green” infrastructure solutions for bolstering local adaptation to climate change. The report provides examples of a variety of approaches to incorporating green practices as well as the benefits to urban communities, such as improvements in land value, quality of life, public health, hazard mitigation, and regulatory compliance.   A selection of green infrastructure solutions are evaluated for their performance and benefits, discerning their value for climate adaptation.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Josh Foster, Ashley Lowe, Steve Winkelman

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Policy Guide on Planning and Climate Change

April 11, 2011

This Climate Change Policy Guide from the American Planning Association recommends a policy framework to assist communities in dealing with climate change and its implications. The guide provides planners, engaged citizens, and elected officials with strategies to slow the pace of climate change and adapt to its impacts.

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