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Edmonston, Maryland Green Streets Project

2010

Edmonston, a small town near Washington DC in Prince George’s County, MD, created a “green street” to address previous problems with flooding on Decatur Street near the Anacostia River. The town wanted to better manage that flooding and improve water quality, as well as to manage traffic by narrowing the street.   The project utilizes a variety of green infrastructure tools to reduce stormwater runoff, thereby decreasing the amount of polluted water that enters the Anacostia River.   While the project does not specifically reference climate change as a motivation, the methodology and considerations for this project, could be useful for a jurisdiction that will experience heavier precipitation due to climate change.

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Winslow Way Street Redesign (Bainbridge Island, WA)

2011

The City of Bainbridge Island redesigned its main downtown street to update aging water infrastructure, improve walkability and multimodal uses, and better manage stormwater using more natural and vegetated solutions. The new design is more walkable and accessible, supports biking, better manages stormwater with green infrastructure practices, and encourages social cohesion through smart design. Over half a mile in length, this innovative redesign protects street trees and incorporates stormwater planters, rain gardens, and other methods to retain stormwater and prevent flooding.

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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 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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EC PREPARED Enabling Change Project

February 2010

The European Commission (EC) supported the Collaborative project "PREPARED Enabling Change" (PREPARED), which worked with a group of European urban water utilities to develop strategies to address potential climate change impacts on the water and sanitation sectors.

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NYC Green Codes Task Force Report

February 1, 2010

On February 1, 2010 the NYC Green Codes Task Force - led by the Urban Green Council - released a comprehensive analysis of building codes for the city.

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Green Technologies for Reducing Slope Erosion, Preliminary Investigation

January 28, 2010

As climate change alters precipitation patterns, departments of transportation will increasingly face the problem of slope failures. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) conducted this Preliminary Investigation to identify innovative strategies for reducing the risk of roadside slope erosion. They hope to implement the latest vegetative and soil-based solutions for reducing the volume of highway stormwater runoff on slopes and in water conveyance systems.

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Chicago Green Alley Handbook

2010

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) authored the Green Alley Handbook to encourage the use of best management practices (BMPs) in and around Chicago alleyways and to address impacts to the city’s infrastructure likely to result from projected increases in precipitation and temperature. The handbook promotes sustainable alley design and adjacent landscaping practices to help reduce flooding and manage stormwater, reduce urban heat, promote recycling, and conserve energy.  

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Rainscaping Iowa - Permeable Pavement Projects

2010

Rainscaping Iowa, an educational campaign that promotes urban stormwater management practices, encourages the use of permeable pavement by featuring successful installations in the state. By gathering feedback on previous projects, Rainscaping Iowa simultaneously highlights the environmental benefits of permeable surfaces and provides lessons for future installations and maintenance. Importantly, the campaign’s literature describes how permeable paving surfaces can help reduce runoff and improve water quality in the face of changing precipitation and increasing heavy rainfall events.

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