The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) along with American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and ECONorthwest have released a report entitled Banking on Green: How Green Infrastructure Saves Municipalities Money and Provides Economic Benefits Community-wide.
This report is a response to the need to more clearly quantify the economic benefits of green infrastructure. It examines the most cost-effective options for managing polluted runoff and protecting clean water. In summary, the report finds that green infrastructure solutions save taxpayer money while offering community benefits.
The report’s top findings are as follows:
Green infrastructure costs less and can further reduce costs of treating large amounts of polluted runoff.
Green infrastructure can help municipalities reduce energy expenses.
Green infrastructure can reduce flooding and related flood damage.
Green infrastructure improves public health by reducing bacteria and pollution in rivers and streams, which prevents gastrointestinal illnesses in swimmers and boaters.
To download the report, visit www.asla.org/stormwater