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What Is Green Infrastructure?

Definition: A strategically planned and managed network of natural lands, working landscapes, and other open spaces that conserves ecosystem values and functions and provides associated benefits to human populations. (Source: Benedict & McMahon 2006)

The Conservation Fund is the only conservation organization to design green infrastructure plans in four of the country’s largest metro areas: Chicago, Nashville, Houston and Los Angeles. We also think big, working with whole regions and even completing the nation’s largest green infrastructure plan, across 13 states.

Grey vs. Green Infrastructure

When people talk about infrastructure, they usually mean highways, energy sources and buildings. But there’s more to it. Just as we plan networks of roads, we can plan networks of open spaces and natural resources that connect communities and regions. This is our green infrastructure.

Our Work

Our green infrastructure planning provides strategies to: improve and protect drinking water; increase access to local, sustainable food; make it easier for people to bike, walk and play; protect scenic and historic places from disappearing to development; and more. Click on the links below to learn more about our green infrastructure work. 

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