Green Infrastructure: A Key Resource for Improving Our Communities

Green Infrastructure has the potential to improve water quality, reduce infrastructure costs, reduce the risk of floods, and ensure our watersheds and communities are more resilient to climate change. 

The Greenbelt itself can be thought of as regional scale Green Infrastructure. The Greenbelt includes more than 290,000 hectares of protected natural features, such as wetlands, hedgerows, and forests. These protected spaces provide a multitude of services to our communities, ranging from reducing the risk of floods, reducing health care costs, to storing carbon. 

Nature does it best. And because 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.

Interested in learning more? We've pulled together some background and a series of resources to get you started. 

What is Green Infrastructure?

Green Infrastructure has the potential to improve water quality, reduce the risk of floods, and ensure our watersheds are more resilient to climate change and urban development. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring interviews with experts, municipalities, conservation authorities, and community groups to see how they incorporate green infrastructure in our communities. 

Why it matters

Wide spread use of green infrastructure can cost-effectively help control stormwater, lower the risk of floods, remove pollutants, and reduce sedimentation in Greenbelt waterways -- critical factors for improving water quality and building resilience to climate change. Click below to learn more:

What it looks like

Interested in what Green Infrastructure could look like in our yards, downtowns, roads and parks? There's a lot of options, ranging from the super simple to downright innovative:


Resources to get started

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

DIY Options: From rain barrels, to permeable pavements, there are lot's of options for installing Green Infrastructure in our yards and communities.

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

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