It’s not just about stormwater. Green Infrastructure plays a critical role in solving many challenges — from the heat island effect, to improving public health. And, as the authors note, it can be a front-line resource to manage and withstand the impacts of climate change.
Pioneering cities and counties have used green practices to increase community resilience by planning for, and adapting to, emerging climate change impacts. Generally, resilience means that communities can better withstand, cope with, manage, and rapidly recover their stability after a variety of crises. Practices such as green roofs, urban forestry, and water conservation are familiar to local governments as strategies to enhance sustainability and quality of life and they are increasingly being seen as best practices in climate adaptation.