Green Infrastructure and Resilience – A Win-Win Strategy

Symposium B7


Communities face serious risks from rising sea levels, storm surges, and changing precipitation patterns. One potential resilience solution is the use of nature-based approaches. Ecosystems provide valuable services that help to build resilience and reduce the vulnerability of people, livelihoods, and infrastructure to climate change impacts while at the same time providing environmental and other benefits. Nature-based features (often referred to as green infrastructure) can help increase resilience when used alone or in combination with traditional protective or “gray infrastructure” measures.
Coastal nature-based solutions include dunes, wetlands, living shorelines, oyster reefs, beaches, and artificial reefs. These features can protect coastal communities from the brunt of storm surges and open water waves. Some can adapt to sea level rise by accreting sediment or migrating inland.
Inland green infrastructure projects can help manage stormwater runoff by increasing on-site storage and slowing the release of water into the sewer system. These strategies can include greenroofs, bioswales, rain gardens, and permeable paving.
More communities are looking into how they can use green infrastructure solutions as an alternative to, or in addition to, traditional hard infrastructure to protect their communities from flooding. This session will explain how public agencies from diverse sectors can integrate green infrastructure into their projects.

Brenda Dix, ICF, Climate Adaptation and Resilience
Ms Tina Hodges, Federal Highway Administration
Bari Greenfeld, US Army Corps of Engineers
LaTonya Gilliam, Delaware Department of Transportation
Alan Cohn, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

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