Green Infrastructure Recommendations for the Capital Region
March 30, 2017
Last fall, we held a forum on Green Infrastructure in the Capital Region at Albany Law School. Today we’re excited to give you the first look at our just released recommendations that the Capital Region can follow to expand green infrastructure.
Our key recommendations for executive offices at the municipal and county levels include:
- Implement green infrastructure projects on waterfront edges as natural barriers in flood-prone inland areas to mitigate rain-induced flooding, increase resiliency, and improve public and overall ecosystem health.
- Explore private property retrofit incentive programs such as the Stormwater Management Incentives Program and Greened Acre Retrofit Program in Philadelphia, the Rainwise Program in Seattle and the Riversmart Homes program in Washington, D.C. as well as Pay-for-Performance and Pay-for-Success contract models such as the Environmental Impact Bond issued by D.C. Water.
- Reexamine stormwater fee-based programs to encourage property owners to convert a certain percentage of their property to green infrastructure.
- Green infrastructure is a vital part of healthy communities. It reduces water pollution, mitigates flooding, and improves our urban spaces.
We look forward to working with municipal and regional leaders in the Capital Region and across New York State to implement these recommendations.< Back to Publications
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