The Green Infrastructure and Forestry Toolkit (GIFT) is a project of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) in partnership with Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), with support from the US Forest Service’s National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC).
As the national voice for regionalism in the US, NARC advocates for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues, including maintenance of ecosystem services. CLiGS is a center committed to proving graduate and professional education, as well as research and outreach in the service of building leadership for sustainable development. Both organizations share a dedication to fostering collaboration across physical, political, professional, and disciplinary boundaries to build more vibrant communities and regions that acknowledge and value the natural resources and systems in which they are situated. Green infrastructure, especially that which integrates robust urban forestry elements, provides a strong foundation for our work in planning and development. Both organizations are proud to be a part of this effort to enable planners, policymakers and citizens to promote sustainable, livable communities.