Green infrastructure (GI), in a traditional sense, uses the foundations of natural systems to manage stormwater. In a broader sense, GI utilizes a wide array of technologies to mitigate environmental damage caused by urban development and restore ecological functions. Although only a very small fraction of the infrastructure built today is considered GI, it is no longer thought of as a novel set of practices. In recent years, the costs of not utilizing green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff, air quality, and heat island impacts have grown higher than the costs to both implement and maintain these systems. As urban resilience efforts expand, GI has a critical role to play in redefining urban form.
This collection of products and product assemblies is an introduction to construction methods for GI applications. It was created for graduate students attending the Spring 2020 course, LAR385 Green Infrastructure, taught by Lecturer Jenny Janis. The collection represents materials that are the foundations of GI systems, including swales, green roofs, urban stormwater management, land restoration, and water quality performance. For landscape design to be successful, it must meet specific performance requirements, local building codes, and increasingly sustainability rating systems. Products found in this collection are used to accomplish those goals.