Green infrastructure

Case study

1 Sep 2018

With urban infrastructure in urgent need of revitalization, it’s time for new thinking about how the civic realm can better serve public needs and meet environmental goals. Chinatown Green Street, in downtown Washington, D.C., is a unique demonstration project that on one city block combines...

Guide

14 Aug 2018

This guide provides critical information on how to design, operate and maintain these green wall and façade systems to maximise their water treatment benefits to ultimately increase the sustainability and liveability of cities.

Green infrastructure or technologies, essentially, represent a set of engineered elements...

Commentary

4 Jul 2018

To make cities better for people and the planet, the approach must become more systemic and pragmatic, and include the global south.

More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas, and both the proportion and numbers continue to grow. In...

Commentary

28 Jun 2018

Two years after launching the award-winning Cool Streets project in Sydney’s Blacktown, Libby Gallagher remains a staunch advocate for the role that street trees play in mitigating the impacts of climate change and making better cities.

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Commentary

25 Jun 2018

Covering roofs and walls of buildings with vegetation is a good way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And these green roofs and walls make cities look nicer. Toronto’s central business district adopted a policy of establishing green roofs on around half of all city buildings...

Strategy

18 Jun 2018

We live in an urban century. More than ever, our cities and surrounding regions are on the front line of a globally changing world and need to rapidly adapt to shifts in nearly every dimension of urban life. The impacts of increasing urbanization, demographic change,...

Journal article

15 Apr 2018

Cities are investing billions of dollars in climate change adaptation to combat the effects of sea‐level rise, temperature extremes, increasingly intense storm events, flooding and water scarcity. Natural ecosystems have enormous potential to contribute to city resilience, and so, actions that rely on this approach...

Policy report

Menu of State Policy Options
11 Apr 2018

Cities and states are always looking for ways to more efficiently and effectively deliver public services, such as flood management, resource conservation, pollution prevention, social equity and human health. Green infrastructure is an integrated set of strategies that help realize these outcomes in the built...

Report

1 Apr 2018

Across the world, the role and functionality of urban water utilities has evolved over time, in response to urban challenges. The role of the urban water sector in each region has generally begun with water supply, and then been followed by sewerage, drainage, environmental protection,...

Report

16 Feb 2018

This reports aims to assist the Sino-Australian bilateral relationship adapt to meet China’s new carbon emissions policies and to facilitate a smoother transition to a low carbon future.

Report

1 Jan 2018

The provision of publicly accessible parks and green spaces is a policy issue at multiple levels of central and local government, devolved national administrations and local authorities. Parks and green spaces are typically free at the point of access and this access is usually unregulated;...

Website

1 Jan 2018

Climate change affects everyone, but in cities, low-income communities often face the starkest threats. On average, low-income neighborhoods have fewer parks and green spaces to absorb stormwater, provide cooling shade, and protect homes and businesses from flooding.

For more than 45 years, The Trust...

Report

22 Sep 2017

This document presents the mitigation study for the CBD area of Darwin, performed by the High Performance Architecture Group of UNSW, Faculty of Built Environment. The first part of the report includes the methods and the results of the terrestrial and aerial monitoring campaign, the...

Strategy

11 Aug 2017

The Mayor wants London to be the world’s greenest global city. This draft London Environment Strategy sets out bold policies and proposals in six policy areas and the transition to a low carbon circular economy to make this vision a reality.

Article

14 Jul 2017

Green infrastructure is any practice that uses or replicates natural systems to achieve the desired outcome. This includes green roofs, bioswales and rain gardens. Green roofs replicate meadows to retain water and restore habitats on the top of buildings. Green infrastructure does not exclusively mean...

Journal article

22 Mar 2017

Urbanisation and a changing climate are leading to more frequent and severe flood, heat and air pollution episodes in Britain's cities. Interest in nature-based solutions to these urban problems is growing, with urban forests potentially able to provide a range of regulating ecosystem services such...

Journal article

1 Feb 2017

In the light of ongoing global urbanization and the high pace of resource consumption, there is an urgent need to foster compact cities. Currently, however, we lack integrative guidelines on how to manage trade-offs between urban densification and the provision of green space. Against this...

Journal article

9 Jun 2015

Green Infrastructure is the network of green spaces and water systems that delivers multiple environmental, social and economic values and services to urban communities. This living network strengthens the resilience of urban environments to respond to the major current and future challenges of climate change,...

Conference paper

1 Jan 2015

An urban ecosystem is a dynamic system. Therefore, regular monitoring through the use of measurable indicators will enable an assessment of performance and effectiveness. This paper presents a conceptual framework to facilitate the development of an inclusive model for the sustainability assessment of green infrastructure....

Book

23 Sep 2009

Climate change presents a clear and present danger to ecosystems, communities and economies. As Professor Garnaut so powerfully stated “the failure of our generation (to address climate change) would lead to consequences that would haunt humanity until the end of time". With further climate change...

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