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How to Reduce Water Management Expenses with Green Infrastructure

Utilizing green infrastructure in water management and water treatment systems can help companies achieve economic and environmental benefits. And yet these ecosystem-based management approaches haven’t gone mainstream. Green infrastructure employs elements of natural systems such as reed beds that treat industrial wastewater, green roofs and permeable pavements that allow water … Read more »

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How Dow Protects Its Business Assets Using Nature

Dow Chemical and The Nature Conservancy have released a new study focusing on how nature can help protect business assets from natural disasters. Based on research completed as part of the ongoing Dow-TNC collaboration, the study demonstrates that asset protection strategies can include green infrastructure — such as marshes, mangroves, … Read more »

California Looks to Stormwater Capture, Reuse

A plan to capture and reuse stormwater runoff in Los Angeles County could be a model for the state as it seeks to augment its shrinking water reserves, MSW Management reports. The revisions to the county’s stormwater discharge permit, approved by the California Water Resources Board, provides a framework for … Read more »

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UKGBC: Green Infrastructure Increases Property Value, Reduces Building Maintenance Costs

Green infrastructure — natural and semi-natural features ranging from street trees and roof gardens, to parks and woodlands — offers several business opportunities including a potential increase in land and property values, according to a UK Green Building Council report. Aimed primarily at property developers and clients, the report, Demystifying … Read more »

EPA Releases Stormwater Management Tool

EPA Releases Stormwater Management Tool

The EPA has launched the Climate Adjustment Tool for its Stormwater Management Model, an online stormwater simulation model. The Climate Adjustment Tool allows engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future climate change projections, such as more frequent high-intensity storms and changes in evaporation rates … Read more »

Hot Sustainability Management Trends for 2015

As businesses’ approaches to sustainability matures, leaders will find their attention drawn towards company specific risk-based thinking objectives and how to efficiently integrate alternative strategies, such as green infrastructure, into their plans for 2015 onwards, according to analysis by Verdantix. To understand the key sustainability management trends that will impact … Read more »

Green Infrastructure Collaborative Formed

The EPA is working with private-sector organizations, federal agencies and non-governmental organizations to form a network to help communities more easily implement green infrastructure. The Green Infrastructure Collaborative aims to build capacity for green infrastructure implementation by providing a platform for national stakeholders to: Leverage joint efforts to promote the … Read more »

EPA Tool Helps Developers Add Green Infrastructure

EPA Tool Helps Developers Add Green Infrastructure

The EPA has launched a National Stormwater Calculator to help property owners, developers, landscapers and urban planners make better land-use decisions to protect local waterways from pollution caused by stormwater runoff. The calculator, which is phase I of the Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package announced in President Obama’s … Read more »

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Dow, Shell Build Green Infrastructure Case

Union Carbide, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, says it saved energy and reduced capital and operational expenses by using constructed wetlands to treat wastewater near Seadrift, Texas — one example of how companies are using green infrastructure solutions to achieve economic and environmental benefits, according to a whitepaper. The Case … Read more »

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EU Adopts Green Infrastructure Strategy

The European Commission has adopted a strategy to promote green infrastructure by enhancing biodiversity in urban areas. The EC says the strategy will create new jobs, provide economic benefits and be a key step in implementing the European Union’s 2020 goals to protect biodiversity and ecosystems. To achieve these goals, … Read more »