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Financing Green Infrastucture

This briefing paper from the National Recreation and Park Association provides guidance on financing green infrasturcture projects. The key messages were:

 

#1 The budgeting process must consider the differing life cycle characteristics between green and gray infrastructure.
#2 Local taxes, user fees, and stormwater utility fees are suitable for both capital and O&M expenses.
#3 Grants and state revolving funds or other low- to zero-interest loans may fund planning and capital costs.
#4 Nontraditional sources of financing, such as public-private partnerships and nongovernmental funding, allow communities to leverage public funding against foundation, corporate, and community contributions.

New Jersey Developers' Green Infrastructure Guide

Developers understand that land development projects in New Jersey must be designed to “manage” stormwater runoff. NJ DEP regulations require that stormwater management standards be met through the use of “nonstructural strategies,” to the “maximum extent practicable.” Green infrastructure helps you, the developer, to do just that. This Developers’ Green Infrastructure Guide created by New Jersey Future and New Jersey Builders Association is meant as a resource to help you incorporate green infrastructure into your projects for maximum benefit.

Planting Healthy Air

The Nature Conservancy's Planting Healthy Air report documents which cities stand to benefit most from tree plantings, in terms of both heat and PM reduction, and how much investment would be required to achieve meaningful benefits.
 
The analysis found that investing just US$4 per resident in each of these cities in tree planting efforts could improve the health of millions of people, and that trees are as cost-effective as many other common solutions.

Funding Trees for Health - Finance and Policy to Enable Tree Planting for Public Health

Every year, between 3 and 4 million people around the world die as a result of air pollution and its lifelong impacts on human health, from asthma to cardiac disease to strokes. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas. Studies have shown that trees are a cost-effective solution for both of these challenges. 

This report from The Nature Conservancy outlines steps that can be taken to improve funding for trees to improve public health.

ForestInfo.org

Forestinfo.org is a source for environmental information that is understandable, unbiased, accurate, and available in a wide variety of formats, inlcuding lesson plans, curricula, posters, and more.  Dovetail Partners strives to facilitate informed decisions regarding forestry-related issues.

Urban Agriculture & Forestry Reports

Dovetail Partners recognizes the benefits that urban agriculture and urban forestry provide and highlights synergies that exist between the two fields.  Dovetail is interested in promoting land use research and planning and innovative programs that encourage and reward responsible land use activities. They are specifically interested in addressing and minimizing land use impacts on soil and water resources.

Urban Forests

Information from the USDA Forest Service about what urban forests are, why they are important, and what projects the USDA Forest Service are working on in urban areas. Includes maps of the U.S. population from 1900, 1950, and 2014, showing the increase in the number of people who live in urban areas.

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