Green Infrastructure - a natural fit for Metro VancouverGreen Infrastructure - a natural fit for Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClass98DD613C5289446BBB5B3EFDDD975773"><p>Many cities across our region have neighbourhoods where the roofs are green, gardens are designed for our wet winter/ dry summer climate, sidewalks and public squares are shaded from the summer sun, trees thrive among the built environment providing clean air, and much of the winter rainfall is absorbed back into the ground. And even better, some of these pockets of green infrastructure are connected, creating a network not only for people but also for birds, pollinators and other wildlife.</p><p>Whether provided by nature, or designed by us; trees, soil, vegetation, natural and planted spaces are often called green infrastructure. </p><p>We are familiar with the need for our grey infrastructure, the pipes, culverts, and impervious surfaces like roofs and roads that help us manage and move water around the region. But natural systems, when well-applied, can offer some similar services.</p><p>Metro Vancouver is working in collaboration with member local governments on green infrastructure, highlighting natural vegetation, soils, and bioengineered solutions like rain gardens and green roofs. Green infrastructure provides services for healthy living, like shading homes and outdoor spaces, and absorbing and cleaning water, and reduces demand on grey infrastructure.</p><p>Here are some examples; </p><ul><li> Expanding and buffering existing protected natural areas to increase their value. </li><li>Replacing or supporting aging or under-performing grey infrastructure with green infrastructure during redevelopment. </li><li>Maximizing green infrastructure, (and therefore minimizing grey infrastructure and hard surfaces) when designing new developments. </li><li>Using infrastructure projects (e.g. sewer, water, and transportation) to protect and develop green infrastructure, and connect of green spaces. </li></ul><p>Connecting green infrastructure into a network can often contribute more value than individual elements alone.</p><p>In line with the Ecological Health Action Plan and Metro 2040: The Regional Growth Strategy, articulating what a green infrastructure system can look like helps Metro Vancouver and member local governments use land and resources efficiently and improve livability.</p><p>Two brand new resources are available now; <a href="/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/PolicyBackgrounder-GreenInfrastructure.pdf" target="_blank">a policy backgrounder on Green Infrastructure</a> and <a href="/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/ConnectintheDots.pdf" target="_blank">Connecting the Dots</a> a guide to support developing regional green infrastructure network in Metro Vancouver. </p></div>|#e476df54-c4cb-44e5-8d9e-50737c3824e7;L0|#0e476df54-c4cb-44e5-8d9e-50737c3824e7|Issue 17;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass93A4298A189547AF954B1101901524A6"><p>A fresh way to think about the natural services that trees, soil, vegetation, natural and planted spaces (often called green infrastructure) offer our communities, and when combined into a network, how they improve our region. Fresh air, cleaner water, habitat for pollinators and more. </p></div>0