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 yards can have the following benefits:
- Additional vegetation and natural features for homes and the public realm have been shown to increase property values, while also improving air quality and creating habitat for wildlife, including pollinators
- Rain gardens and bioswales can help recharge groundwater supply, manage stormwater, and improve local water quality
- Green roofs and green walls can insulate a home, reducing heating costs, and shade from planting trees can lower air temperatures, reducing cooling costs
- Cisterns and rain barrels can be used to harvest rainwater and provide an additional water source for gardening and car washing
- Permeable paving for driveways and sidewalks increases water infiltration into the ground
Find out more about each green infrastructure type:
Permeable Pavement. Surface treatments suitable for pedestrian or vehicular traffic which allow water to infiltrate into the ground.
Rain garden and bioretention. A planted or ornamental rock-filled depression designed to collect, infltrate, and filter runoff.
Rain Harvesting. Use of a rain barrel or cistern to collect rainwater and supplement fresh water supply.
Tree Canopy Expansion. Tree planting, protection and maintenance increases the total amount of tree canopy, which helps clean air, filter water and provide shade.
Xeriscaping. Groupings 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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