The term “Green Infrastructure” seems like it would be an easy one to define: infrastructure that is green or environmentally friendly. However, the definition is much more specific. The term “Green Infrastructure” refers to technology and infrastructure that focuses on maintaining the health and sanitation of a community’s waterways.
While at the Western New York Green Infrastructure Forum, hosted last week by the University at Buffalo and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), I heard a couple of great explanations of this term. One definition in Maureen Krudner’s presentation stuck out to me. Krudner is the Green Infrastructure Coordinator, EPA Region 2. She showed this slide, defining green infrastructure, right before she went through some of the other great resources available on the EPA website.
Her slide reads:
“Green infrastructure” refers to an array of technologies, approaches, and practices that protect and use natural systems or systems engineered to mimic natural processes, to manage rain water as a resources, to solve combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), enhance environmental quality and achieve other economic and community benefits.
Green infrastructure storm water management approaches and technologies are characterized by infiltration, evapo-transpiration, and capture& use of storm water.
Green Infrastructure refers to a wide array of methods and technologies. Some of these include permeable pavement, green roofs, rain gardens and more! To learn more about green infrastructure, check out the EPA website!