Re-visioning of downtowns with Green Infrastructure:

Green Infrastructure incorporates natural systems and functions within the built environment, it is gaining momentum as an efficient and cost-effective tool for mitigating the negative impacts development has on water management, natural heritage and agricultural systems in our communities and the Greenbelt.

Installing Green Infrastructure in our downtowns can have the following benefits:

  • Revitalization and placemaking in the downtown core can attract new businesses and visitors
  • Integrated green infrastructure features in a community’s downtown can improve public health
  • Different types of green infrastructure such as trees provide protection from sun and wind exposure, as well as produce oxygen and store carbon
  • Replacing asphalt parking strips with permeable pavement and adding street trees help to define and improve the pedestrian realm

 

Find out more about each green infrastructure type: 

Permeable PavementSurface treatments suitable for pedestrian or vehicular traffic which allow water to infiltrate into the ground.

Rain garden and bioretentionA planted or ornamental rock-filled depression designed to collect, infltrate, and filter runoff.

Tree Canopy ExpansionTree planting, protection and maintenance increases the total amount of tree canopy, which helps clean air, filter water and provide shade.

XeriscapingGroupings of vegetation with similar needs, in particular native species, to reduce watering requirements.

Find out more:

Resources to DIY: View our list of resources available in your area to help with installation cost.

Help your Community: Read our Green Infrastructure Guide for Small Cities, Towns and Rural Communities.

Read our blog series: Green Infrastructure has the potential to improve water quality, reduce the risk of floods, and ensure our watersheds are more resilient to climate change. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring interviews with municipalities, conservation authorities, and community groups to see how they are address these issues with green infrastructure.

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