Green infrastructure is becoming a priority for cities, counties, and states across the world. Recognition of the need to manage natural assets, trees, soils, water, and habitats, as part of our green infrastructure is vital to creating livable places and healthy landscapes. But the land management decisions about how to create plans, where to invest money, and how to get the most from these investments are complex, influenced by differing landscapes, goals, and stakeholders. Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning addresses the nuts and bolts of planning and preserving natural assets at a variety of scales, from dense urban environments to scenic rural landscapes. A practical guide to creating effective and well-crafted plans and then implementing them, the book presents a six-step process. Well-organized chapters explain how each step, from setting goals to implementing opportunities, can be applied to a variety of scenarios, customisable to the reader's target geographical location. Chapters draw on a diverse group of case studies. Abundant full colour maps, photographs, and illustrations complement the text.
For planners, developers, conservationists, and others interested in the creation and maintenance of open space lands and urban green infrastructure projects or promoting a healthy economy, this book offers a comprehensive yet flexible approach to conceiving, refining, and implementing successful projects.
Publisher: Island Press
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 280 x 216 x 10 mm
Edition: None ed.
"Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning is practical and insightful. It provides a clear, step by step process for bringing consideration of green infrastructure into any community planning process. Based on years of real world expereince, it's a 'must read' for anyone interested in creating and sustaining communities that are ecologically and economically healthy."--William Jenkins, Former Director of the Maryland Green Infrastructure Assessment
"This guide addresses a wide audience: planners, developers, city managers, landscape architects, architects, scientists, and others interested in how and where to develop or conserve land. Its simple and pleasant writing makes it valuable for professors, students, citizen groups, and conservationists. The examples given from the U.S. are applicable worldwide. It is a useful book that provides tools and tips, and I strongly recommend it."
--Ana Faggi, The Nature of Cities
"This is a how-to book...It rests on the premise that green infrastructure is 'the sum of all our natural resources, ' but it is not about stopping or rolling back development. Instead it is about a systematic way for a community to decide 'what is important and to develop a rationale for what to protect, ending up with four or five specific goals that everyone can agree on.'"