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Connecting the Drops

In downtown Burlington, Vt., people stop to examine a blue rain barrel decorated with a metal submarine. It is one of 19 barrels transformed by local artists to tell the story of a raindrop and how it affects local water quality. The rain barrels line Burlington’s downtown thoroughfares leading to the edge of Lake Champlain. […]

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Chicago Launches New Website for Sustainable Backyards Program

On April 22, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) launched a new website for the Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program. The program emphasizes the use of green infrastructure to prevent flooding in basements and neighborhoods and to improve water quality in Lake Michigan. Chicago residents can receive up to 50% rebates on sustainable backyard improvement purchases, […]

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Five Types of Green Infrastructure Incentive Programs

Incentive programs provide a way to increase the use of green infrastructure on private property. These programs can help cities implement stormwater controls on both new and existing developments not covered by stormwater requirements. Cities can use incentive programs to target specific locations or issues, such as eliminating combined sewer overflows (CSOs), increasing groundwater recharge, […]

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Minnesota GreenStep Program Encourages Efficient Stormwater Management

More cities are signing on to Minnesota’s GreenStep Cities— a voluntary program designed to help cities adopt sustainable practices. In order to become a GreenStep city, municipalities must adopt a certain number of best practices. The 28 best practices are divided into five categories, one of which is environmental management. Efficient stormwater management falls under […]

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MMSD Announces 2012 Regional Green Roof Initiative

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) announced its 2012 Regional Green Roof Initiative. The district will provide funding of as much as $54/m2 ($5/ft2) of approved green roof projects within its service area. Milwaukee is home to many green roofs, including the largest in Wisconsin covering 4645 m2 (50,000 ft2) of roof space. Built by Milwaukee-based […]

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