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Design Options for Greening Urban Environments

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Sustainable green infrastructure begins with providing appropriate conditions for the growth and health of vegetation. It is essential that planting areas have sufficient space for root growth and provide a soil medium that is not compacted so that soil can retain porosity for air circulation and water absorption. Sustainable urban green space can be attained through a number of innovations that provide plantable soils, pervious and flexible pavement systems urban tree protection, vertical planting frames and flexible surfaces for roof insulation.


1. Recognize the benefits of urban green spaces in reducing energy consumption by mitigating the heat island effect and enhancing the health and well-being of people within the urban environment.

2. Identify design solutions that can help to sustain and recapture urban landscapes and bridge the interface between the built, man-made (grey infrastructure) and #green# environment.

3. Discuss some of the techniques that enable expansion of green space above and around buildings, capture rain and storm water at the pointsource and improve water quality, and enhance the urban environment for plants, wildlife and people.

4. Describe which LEEDr andthe Sustainable Sites Initiative credits may be obtained through the use of green walls, green roofs, structural soil systems, and suspended pavement systems to achieve increased urban green space, better management of storm water, increased reduction of heat island effect and improvements in urban ecosystems.

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