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Green Infrastructure Smart Conservation for the 21 st Century August 11, 2006 Mark Soden, ASLA, AICP Swaback Partners
Can save $10 million in annual energy costs each year in Los Angeles. By planting four trees at your home, you can save up to 30% on summer cooling costs . Can remove 2,240,000 pounds of air pollutants annually in Los Angeles, and save $23 million per year in air pollution clean up costs . Can capture 1,925,000,000 gallons of stormwater per year, which decreases both polluted runoff and soil and hill erosion and would save $5 million in annual storm-water runoff costs . One million trees…
“ It’s good to know about trees. Just remember nobody ever made any big money knowing about trees.”
“ Nature should provide the order and underlying structure of the metropolis”. - P. Calthrope
Infrastructure – the substructure or underlying foundation… on which the continuance and growth of a community or state depends. – Webster's New World Dictionary
Green infrastructure is our natural life support system- an interconnected net work of waterways, wetlands, woodlands, wildlife habitats, and other natural areas; greenways , parks and other conversation lands; working farms, ranches and forests; and wilderness and other open spaces that support native species, maintain natural ecologic processes, sustain air and water resources and contribute to to the health and qualities of life or Americas communities and people.
Green Infrastructure – The network of open spaces in and around cities designed to enhance local economic vitality, sustain natural systems, connect people to the natural world, and increase individual and community well being.
“ A connected system of parks and parkways is manifestly far more complete and useful than a series of isolated parks.” - Fredrick Law Olmsted, 1903
Vegetation Physiographic Features Staten Island Study Surface Hydrology
Composite: Conservation Recreation-Urbanization Areas
Between 1982 and 1997, the amount of urbanized land in the US increased by 47%. During this same period, the nation’s population grew by only 17%. Center on Urban & Metropolitan Policy at The Brooking Institution, July 2001
“ Religious freedom is my immediate goal, but my long-range goal is to go in to real estate.”
Currently, 1320 species of animals and plants in the US are listed as threatened or endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
“ It’s so lovely out here, you wonder why they have it so far from the city?”
“ Preservation and care for a region’s natural ecologies is the fundamental prerequisite of sustainable and humane urbanism.” - P. Calthrope
<ul><li>“ Understanding the qualities of nature in each place, expressing it in the design of communities, integrating it within our towns, and respecting its balance are essential ingredients of making the human place sustainable and spiritually nourishing.” </li></ul><ul><li>- P. Calthorpe. </li></ul>
Physically connected green spaces maintain ecological processes, wildlife populations and human health.
Map of ancient courses of the Mississippi River
A settling pond helps cleanse runoff before it flows into Willamette River
Bioswale cleanses stormwater runoff from the parking lots and roof of the Wal-Mart in McKinney, TX
Stormwater flows through a biotope to cistern and back to top of stream
Rain garden uses bioretention to treat stormwater runoff
Swales receive all runoff from the parking lot and use it for irrigation
Biopaver contains a phytoremediating plants that filter pollutants from stormwater runoff.
“ We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect…conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.” - Aldo Leopold, 1949
“ Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” - Oliver Wendell Holms
“ To live fully is to be engaged in the passions of one’s time.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Preserving our desert heritage while creating a great desert city are two sides of an inseparable quest. The choice before us is to excel in both or end up with neither.
“ To live fully is to be engaged in the passions of one’s time. ” - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Hey how are you doing? Scottsdale is already a "Tree City USA". I agree with you. We just need to find away to water them consistantly ( sic ) with non-potable water. Say hi to Vern. Tony Thank you, Mark! I agree, the more trees the better. Mary