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Green Infrastructure and Urban Forestry projects have gained substantial credibility as cost-effective mechanisms to manage and filter stormwater, reduce energy use, better public health and improve overall quality of life. Explore the resources below to gain an understanding of how and why green infrastructure works, then review case studies in the Resources section to see how incorporating these natural processes into planning has already begun to benefit municipalities nationwide. For a more detailed approach to planning your project, refer to the Planning Process section of the GIFT website.

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The Value of Green Infrastructure

This comprehensive guide introduces readers to the economic, environmental and social benefits of green infrastructure.

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Benefits of Trees and Urban Forests: A Research List

This extensive list of the benefits of trees, grouped by category, was compiled by The Alliance for Community Trees.  The information is backed by a wide range of research publications.

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The Hot Report: A Guide to Measure Community Sustainability

The Sustainable Communities Hot Report uses various data from the U.S. Census Bureau to give community leaders and residents a quick and easy way to determine how well their community is performing on indicators related to transportation, housing, economic development, income, and equity. Users can view charts, tables, and maps showing their community’s trends over […]

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Green Cities Toolbox

The Green Cities Toolbox includes protocols, forms, and training materials produced by four greening programs in Redmond, Kent, Seattle, Tacoma.  This is a useful resource for volunteer-based programs.

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Four Myths about Urban Forests and Greening Cities II

Myth 2:  Only Big Cities Can Make it Happen Just not so.  And there are dozens of urban forestry and green infrastructure planners who’ll show you how small cities and towns have greened their communities — as well, or even better, than their metro-sized neighbors. Three approaches seem to work best. Comprehensive Regional Planning Enable Municipal […] READ MORE

Strategies for Self -Funding Your Programs

Most urban forestry programs will probably always rely heavily on general fund allocations, but other options exist that can provide a revenue stream more clearly dedicated to the stewardship and management of urban forests. – “Planning the Urban Forest,” American Planning Association (2009) READ MORE

I-Tree Tools

The I-Tree suite of tools is the “Swiss Army Knife” of urban forestry.  It can do just about anything – from calculating the benefits of planting a single tree on a specific site to estimating your community’s overall tree canopy and monetizing the ecosystem services it provides.  Thousands of users have proven the old adage:  […] READ MORE