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Green Infrastructure Approaches for Managing Stormwater

Green infrastructure uses permeable, nature-based approaches for retaining and treating stormwater where it falls.  This tab presents resources on using green infrastructure to manage stormwater in the face of changing precipitation patterns due to climate change.  

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Georgetown Climate Center Green Infrastructure Toolkit

September 14, 2016

From the Georgetown Climate Center, the new Green Infrastructure Toolkit is a comprehensive guide presenting a wide array of best green infrastructure practices from cities across the country. The tool is integrated with this Adaptation Clearinghouse to showcase some of the best examples available, whether you are just getting started, scaling up, determining how to pay for green infrastructure, or working to ensure that local policies are integrated with climate equity and environmental justice efforts in the community.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Sara Hoverter

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Building a Better Norfolk: A Zoning Ordinance of the 21st Century - Norfolk, Virginia

January 23, 2018

The City of Norfolk, Virginia adopted a new zoning ordinance in 2018 to enhance flood resilience and direct new more intense development to higher ground. The ordinance establishes a Coastal Resilience Overlay (CRO) zone, where new development and redevelopment will have to comply with new flood resilience requirements, and an Upland Resilience Overlay (URO), designed to encourage new development in areas of the city with lower risk of flooding.

Related Organizations: City of Norfolk, Virginia

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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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.

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Ohio State University Changing Climate Webinars

October 20, 2009

The Ohio State University Climate Outreach Team provides monthly webinars on the topic of climate change that are intended to help localize the issue and share research and resources. Many, but certainly not all, of the webinars available are focused on the Great Lakes region. All webinars are archived and accessible to the public.

Related Organizations: Ohio State University

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Case Study: City of Portland, Oregon Ecoroof Incentive

February 23, 2017

In 2008, The City of Portland Oregon adopted an Ecoroof Incentive program to address the city's stormwater management problems and the incentive program was active through 2012. The program provided an incentive for the installation of green roofs and other innovative roofing methods to better manage stormwater runoff. Green roofs have the potential to help mitigate both the urban heat island effect, increase the energy efficiency of buildings, and manage stormwater. 

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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DC Water Environmental Impact Bond

September 29, 2016

DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), the water utility in Washington, D. C. , has announced the nation’s first Environmental Impact Bond (EIB), an innovative bond to fund the construction of green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff and improve the District’s water quality. The $25 million, tax-exempt EIB was sold in a private placement to the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and Calvert Foundation to fund the initial green infrastructure project in its DC Clean Rivers Project, a $2.

Related Organizations: District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water)

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District of Columbia Green Area Ratio - Zoning Regulations

October 1, 2013

The District of Columbia (Washington D. C. ) Green Area Ratio (GAR) is an environmental sustainability zoning regulation which sets requirements for landscape elements and site design to help reduce stormwater runoff, improve air quality, and mitigate urban heat. The GAR sets minimum lot coverage standards for landscape and site design features to promote greater livability, ecological function, and climate adaptation in the urban environment. The GAR requirements provide a firm retention target and allow local governments to weight the elements they prefer in order to influence behavior, while providing some measure of flexibility for property owners.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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EPA National Stormwater Calculator

2014

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). The SWC is a simple to use tool for computing small site hydrology by estimating the amount of stormwater runoff generated from a site under different development and control scenarios over a long term period of historical rainfall. The analysis takes into account local soil conditions, slope, land cover and meteorology.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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EPA Green Infrastructure Collaborative

July 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has joined with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Interior, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy to form a Green Infrastructure Collaborative to help communities more easily implement green infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure: A Case Study of Lancaster, PA

February 2014

This case study analyzes the Green Infrastructure Plan released by Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 2011 and estimates quantified benefits for the Plan over a 25-year scenario.The study finds that green infrastructure provides $2.8 million in energy, air quality, and climate related benefits annually, reduced gray infrastructure capital costs by $120 million, and reduced wastewater pumping and treatment costs by $661,000 a year, easily exceeding the costs of implementing green infrastructure.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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