A City's Best Defense Against Climate Change? Its Trees, Wetlands, and Watersheds

Green (Living) Review

When a city incorporates natural infrastructure into its planning, it turns to living assets such as urban trees, wetlands, and watersheds to reduce pollutants and provide protection from storms and hurricanes. Philadelphia, for instance, already is using green infrastructure to manage its storm water challenges. Green infrastructure protects against extreme weather and cleans up urban environments.

Global Cities Need Natural Defenses

Cool Green Science

As a result, cities typically turn to traditional civil engineering or “grey” infrastructure solutions , such as sea walls and large water treatment systems, to address environmental risks, despite the fact that natural infrastructure — a wetland, forest or floodplain — might perform the same function at a lower cost, or be integrated into a “grey strategy” for optimal performance and cost savings.


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Cape May, NJ: green is here to stay

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The many artistic touches throughout the inn reflect his years as a Philadelphia gallery owner. As development continues to claim natural habitat in New Jersey—the country’s most densely populated state—the refuge protects 11,000 acres of upland forest, forested wetland, saltmarsh, ocean-front beach, maritime forest and grassland. | Green Garden State |. G reen New Jersey ? Is that an oxymoron? If you think so, you don’t really know the Garden State.

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Bourbon, Bipartisanship and the Benefits of Nature

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Wetlands purify waters. When Philadelphia tried to use green rooftops and greenways to reduce overflows of storm water, it took years of negotiating with the Environmental Protection Agency to get approval for an approach that would do the job and cost the city less than building miles of new pipes and underground tunnels to manage the water. President Obama and the next Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.),

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Addressing Environmental Challenges Today – Core Principles for a Time of Change

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In cities like Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Seattle, “green infrastructure” in the form of wetlands, open space, and permeable surfaces helps manage stormwater runoff and reduces the need for expensive upgrades to municipal drainage systems. Along the nation’s rivers and coastlines, restoring wetlands and reefs helps to manage flooding and reduces the need for expensive enhancements to levees and seawalls.

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Earth Day 2014: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

The Green Changemakers

Wetland Watchers: Kids Care for Their Environment (08:09) Service learning in action in a middle school classroom in Louisiana -- sixth graders learn to restore the wetlands near their school. Source: [link] During the first Earth Day in 1970, tens of thousands of Vietnam War protestors took to Central Park in New York and Fairmount Park in Philadelphia calling for peace on earth. Earth Day 2014 is right around the corner, and this year the theme is "Green Cities."

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A Better Way to Meet America’s Needs: Invest in Nature

Cool Green Science

As we approach the five-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, for example, we should remember that intact coastal wetlands shielded communities and prevented $625 million in flood damages. Cities like Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Detroit are reducing the need for costly upgrades to their stormwater and sewer systems by planting trees, creating more open space, and installing other innovative forms of “green infrastructure” to absorb stormwater.

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A Better Future from Farms

The Green Changemakers

Pollan challenged Americans to prioritize the importance of preserving farmland in the same way our policies have come to “recognize the supreme ecological value of wetlands.” And in New Jersey’s Burlington County—a strong farming area in the shadows of Philadelphia—AFT is working with the Office of Farmland Preservation to craft a series of model ordinances that support local food production from the county’s farms, which are threatened by development.

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