Planning a Sustainable Community Begins with You

As the world changes, connected landscapes are more likely to survive than isolated environments. With a green infrastructure approach to planning, decision-makers and the public can prioritize ways to connect open spaces, watersheds, parks, and other natural areas to maintain quality of life.

Six Step Process to Green Infrastructure

The Green Infrastructure Center in Charlottesville, Virginia brings you a six-step process for creating green infrastructure plans and effectively implementing them in your area.

Set Your Goals


Are there particular assets and resources that your community values? Set goals that will improve your specific community's quality of life.

Review Data


Assemble and review all existing data for your local area. Combine local and regional data to connect to the larger national network.

Map Your Ecological and Cultural Assets


Once you have assembled all the existing data and collected additional data, it is time to create a natural assets map.

Assess Risks


Once you have created your natural assets map, it is time to assess the assets most at risk. Which areas are zoned for development, and do they overlap key natural assets?

Rank Your Assets and Determine Opportunities


Given your objectives and goals, are there risks that need to be addressed more quickly than others? What action should be taken to avoid future risks?

Implement Opportunities


Based on how you have ranked the key natural assets in your area and which assets are at risk, you may need to implement new projects, policies, or zoning laws to ensure that your objectives are met.

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