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London Establishes Green Infrastructure Task Force, Releases Natural Capital Report

On Dec. 9, the City of London announced the establishment of a Green Infrastructure Task Force with the release of the report Natural Capital: Investing in a Green Infrastructure for a Future City. The report and task force will build on the London Infrastructure Plan 2050. The plan sets out the infrastructure needs for London […]

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Conservation Leadership Council Releases Green Infrastructure Report

On Dec. 8, the Conservation Leadership Council (CLC) released a new study examining the role of green infrastructure. The CLC report, titled The Role of Green Infrastructure — Nature, Economics, and Resilience, asserts that green approaches promote ecosystem services and greater resiliency while providing water quality and quantity treatment at a lower cost than traditional […]

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UK Improves Bathing Water Quality

In 2015, 97% of England’s bathing waters passed new, more stringent minimum standards set by the European Union. In total, 63.6% of bathing waters meet the new Excellent standard. The results are highlighted in a 2015 compliance report released on November 5, 2015. The UK’s bathing waters have continually improved since 1990 when just 27% […]

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EPA Reports Aid Communities in Implementing Green Infrastructure and Reducing Aquatic Trash

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two new reports in October 2015. The first is a synopsis of EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) findings, lessons learned, and guidance related to green infrastructure. The report, titled Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Control: Gauging Its Effectiveness with Community Partners, is the most comprehensive summary of […]

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National Academies Report Calls for Stormwater and Graywater Use Guidelines

In the face of drought and major water shortages, the U.S. increasingly is turning to alternative water sources like stormwater and graywater. However, guidelines and research on the risk of these water sources to public health and the environment are needed to support decisions for safe use, says a new report from the National Academies […]

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Melbourne Launches Economic Framework for Urban Green Space

Following the Nov. 12 launch of Australia’s first Economic Framework for Green Infrastructure at Victoria University, it will be easier for local governments to understand the economic value of urban greening. The framework is designed to help local governments make better future investment decisions by enabling them to develop a business case for urban greening. […]

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Tennessee Develops Riparian Buffer Handbook

Earlier this fall, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry (TDF) released the Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook, a Practical Guide to Establishing Healthy Streamside Buffers. This new publication, available at no cost, provides step-by-step guidance on planning, organizing, and conducting successful volunteer-based riparian buffer tree planting projects. These projects can help Tennessee stormwater programs […]

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EEA Report Shows Water-Retention Potential of European Forests

Forests cover one third of European territory, and approximately 296 million Europeans live in or close to forests. On Sept. 24, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published a new report that provides an overview of the water-retention potential of European forests. Water retention by forests affects the amount and timing of the water delivered to […]

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Nature Conservancy Report Reveals Value of Natural Infrastructure in Climate-proofing Cities

Predictions say that climate change will increase the severity and frequency of storms in many parts of North America. Buildings and urban infrastructure must adapt to this new climate reality. The traditional approach has been to build engineered structures such as seawalls, flood channels, and containment ponds. However, a new Nature Conservancy study makes a […]

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New Report Examines Practical and Research-Based Lessons on Green Infrastructure

Despite increasing implementation of green infrastructure for stormwater management, information on its design, implementation, operation, and performance is limited. In July, the Science Policy Exchange, in cooperation with Syracuse University, released the report Green Infrastructure: Lessons from Science and Practice. The report is intended to help readers understand the strengths and limitations of green infrastructure. […]

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