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Green Infrastructure Evaluation Framework Now Available

Divided into Three Steps

Green Infrastructure Evaluation Framework Now Available

Experts say GI in parks helps improve water quality, increases climate resiliency through reduced flooding, enhances the ability of the site to hold, and retain stormwater and improve wildlife habitat, all while providing increased access to nature and outdoor recreation in underserved communities.

The National Recreation and Park Association has announced that its Green Infrastructure (GI) Evaluation Framework is now available.

The new framework, which is part of the Great Urban Parks Campaign, offers tools, research-informed analysis, worksheets and other resources to help park and recreation agency staff, local government officials and others evaluate the benefits of green infrastructure projects across the country.

Advocates say NRPA's evaluation framework allows communities to assess:

Environmental benefits for water, air, land and wildlife in and around their GI project area Physical and mental health benefits for members in their community Social benefits focused on community cohesion and public safety, as well as how their project has boosted the neighborhood's green infrastructure knowledge and use Economic benefits to local workforce and business development

"Green infrastructure in parks is an approach that communities of all sizes can use to build and strengthen their resiliency efforts," said Kristine Stratton, NRPA president and CEO. "NRPA is committed to this cause and we encourage local government agencies everywhere to use this framework to evaluate and strengthen their new or existing green infrastructure plans."

The NRPA's evaluation framework is divided into three steps: Step one focuses on defining benefits and measures and step two and three focus on collecting and using data.

Funding for this work is provided by The JPB Foundation.

For more information on the evaluation framework, click here:

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