The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) is a 35-year old organization that develops tools and methods for sustainable economic development. In 2011, CNT and American Rivers developed "The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits." The guide is a tool that municipalities can use to quantify the multiple economic, environmental, and social benefits provided by green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). Municipalities have often struggled to quantify GSI's monetary benefits. However, any cost-benefit analysis comparing gray infrastructure with GSI is incomplete if it fails to factor in the multiple benefits that only GSI uniquely delivers. These benefits are above and beyond the basic stormwater control benefits, which are assumed to be equal to a similar investment in gray infrastructure. "The Value of Green Infrastructure" brings together current research on green infrastructure performance and presents methods for calculating related benefits in water management, energy, air quality, climate, and community livability.
Sustainable Development & Design
Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Understand the complexity and need of putting a value on sustainable green infastructure
2. Comprehend the benefits of reducing stormwater run-off
3. Learn some techniques to implement green infastructure for stormwater management
Hal Sprague, Masters of Science in Water Resource Management, Water Policy Manager at CNT