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Designated Green Infrastructure

The American Planning Association defines green infrastructure as an “interconnected system of natural areas and open space that conserves ecosystem values, helps sustain clean air and water, and provides benefits to people... Read More

The American Planning Association defines green infrastructure as an “interconnected system of natural areas and open space that conserves ecosystem values, helps sustain clean air and water, and provides benefits to people and wildlife.” Communities may implement a wide range of green infrastructure actions including low impact development (LID) methods, multi-purpose neighborhood and regional water management, and the promotion of habitat patch and ecological connectivity through urban forestry, agriculture, public spaces, and natural resource conservation planning.

This indicator requires participating communities to map areas designed and maintained to provide a network of green infrastructure features that integrate with the built environment and conserve ecosystem functions. Data is collected locally.

Devens, Massachusetts

Devens is facilitating a interconnected network of green infrastructure through our Green Infrastructure Guidelines. The guidelines build on our progressive landscaping and stormwater regulations that encourage habitat restoration and linkages, as well as low impact development techniques.

Supporting documentation: indicator21_green-infrastructure-map4.pdf (1.26 MB)