Green Infrastructure Defined

Green Infrastructure is an interconnected network of natural and social systems that provide a diverse range of environmental, cultural, recreational, psychological, public health, and economic benefits. An easy analogy is to compare green infrastructure to grey infrastructure - in the same way that our roads, sewers, and utilities convey and assist our built systems (grey infrastructure), green infrastructure is the support and conveyance network for our natural and social systems. These systems provide multiple goods and services just as grey infrastructure does, but often at a much reduced cost. The natural systems that make up green infrastructure include open space and natural areas such as greenways, wetlands, parks, forests, farms & ranches, vacant lands, creeks & streams, foothills, shorelines, trails, watersheds, and recreational or scenic areas.

The components of a Green Infrastructure Network encompass a variety of natural and restored ecosystems, man-made elements, and landscape features that make up a system of cores, hubs, and corridors, and is identified and designed to maximize the many benefits and existing assets inherent in a community or region. Connectivity is important in planning for and upgrading man-made infrastructure (grey infrastructure) such as roads, storm drains, sewers, utilities and levees. This connected approach is just as important in understanding and improving our green infrastructure.

An interconnected system of diverse landscape types alllows for greater vitality, value and function of our living environments, including their ecosystem services, or 'natural benefits'.  A community's green infrastructure conserves environmental values and functions, sustains clean air and water, promotes a sustainable economic regional framework, and contributes to the health and quality of life for our residents.

CURRENT PROJECTS
(re)connect : The Wasatch Front Green Infrastructure Plan
The Wasatch Front Sustainability Diagram
Environmental Benefits of Green Infrastructure in the Wasatch Front
Social Benefits of Green Infrastructure in the Wasatch Front
Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure in the Wasatch Front
The Wasatch Front Green Infrastructure Reciprocal Relationship Diagram 
The Wasatch Front Green Infrastructure Asset Spectrum Diagram 
The Wasatch Front Green Infrastructure Spectrum Diagram 

    (re)connect : The Wasatch Front Green Infrastructure Plan 
(re)connect: The Wasatch Front Green Infrastructure Plan Brochure
(4 pages, 3 mb)
(re)connect: The Wasatch Front Green Infrastructure Report Summary
(46 pages, 17 mb)

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The Wasatch Front 
Green Infrastructure Plan

July 2012
(re)connect: The Wasatch Front Green Infrastructure Plan - Brochure
(4 pages, 3 mb)

(re)connect: The Wasatch Front Green Infrastructure Plan - Report Summary
(46 pages, 17 mb)

Interactive Infrastructure

 The GI Design Process Explained
Inventorying GI Resources