Challenges of mainstreaming green infrastructure in built environment professions
AuthorZuniga-Teran, Adriana A.
de Vito, Laura
Gerlak, Andrea K.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Udall Ctr Studies Publ Policy
Univ Arizona, Sch Landscape Architecture & Planning
Univ Arizona, Sch Geog & Dev
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CitationZuniga-Teran, A. A., Staddon, C., de Vito, L., Gerlak, A. K., Ward, S., Schoeman, Y., ... & Booth, G. (2019). Challenges of mainstreaming green infrastructure in built environment professions. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1-23.
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AbstractGreen infrastructure (GI) has been identified as a promising approach to help cities adapt to climate change through the provision of multiple ecosystem services. However, GI contributions to urban resilience will not be realized until it is more fully mainstreamed in the built environment and design professions. Here, we interrogate five key challenges for the effective implementation of GI: (1) design standards; (2) regulatory pathways; (3) socio-economic considerations; (4) financeability; and (5) innovation. Methods include a literature review, case studies, and interviews with resilience managers. We propose a people-centred and context-dependent approach to advance effective implementation of GI in urban planning. We highlight two underlying currents that run across all of the challenges - (1) the role of political will as a pre-condition for tackling all challenges holistically; and (2) the role of stakeholder engagement in achieving public support, harnessing funding, and maintaining and monitoring GI in the long term.
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