keyboard_arrow_left
All categories
keyboard_arrow_right

Multi-Functional Infrastructure Guide: Future Value Now

Future Value Now is a guide assessing the value of common ciyy design methods across 12 benefit areas. The purpose is to highlight practices that deliver multiple benefits to deliver enhanced value to property owners and tax payers.

Green Alleys

Alleys offer opportunities for green infrastructure by replacing impervious pavement with pervious materials and landscaping. Cities can also swap older lighting with energy efficient fixtures.

Channels and Runnels

Channels and runnels are concrete or stone lined pathways used to carry rainwater runoff along the surface or subsurface to other stormwater features and systems. Runnels are smaller, shallow systems while larger, deeper channels carry larger flows.

Invasive Species Management

Invasive aquatic, plant, animal & microbial species disrupt local ecological systems, causing negative impacts for local flora & fauna, posing economic threats, and destabilizing systems.

Stormwater Inlet Retrofit

Stormwater inlets collect runoff from streets, typically along curbsides, and direct water to underground pipes for discharge to a river or stream. Cities are retrofilling inlets with filtering design & devices to treat runoff before it enters waterways.

Infill Design Guidelines

Infill guidelines & toolkits provide ideas, examples and pattern books to influence quality design for infill projects.

Real Time Flood Monitoring & Alerts

Real time, connected monitors alert first responders and city residents of areas under risk of flash flooding & inundation. Technology can also add a predictive feature for even earlier alerts.

Tree Canopy

Tree canopy programs increase and maintain tree canopy coverage in urban & suburban areas for commercial & residential settings.

Performance Metrics for Streets

Cities are dropping older street design & network models based solely on moving automobiles in favor of emerging new metrics for streets that serve mulitple uses and users.

Green Streets

Green street designs support water management, flood control, landscaping & mobility options.

Economic Benefits

Support for green infrastructure can rely on making the economic case for dollars saved and multiple benefits of installations. Image: Center for Neighborhood Technology & American Rivers

Compliance Infographics

Green infrastructure regulations can be complex with differing rules for various properties and situations. Game board and other graphics can help users follow appropriate compliance pathways. Green infrastructure regulations can be complex with differing rules for various properties and situations. Game board and other graphics can help users follow appropriate compliance pathways.

Stormwater Credit Trading

Stormwater credits allow homeowners who install green infrastructure and handle stormwater to attain and trade/sell credits to property owners who need to comply with stormwater requirements and fees. Stormwater credits allow homeowners who install green infrastructure and handle stormwater to attain and trade/sell credits to property owners who need to comply with stormwater requirements and fees.

Recessed Planter Beds

Planter beds are recessed planting areas with inlets to divert storm water into the trenches. Good for parking lot retrofit. Recessed planter beds are sunken planting areas with inlets to divert storm water into the submerged trenches. Good for parking lot retrofit.

Shared Stormwater Management

Shared stormwater best management practices (BMPS) collect and manage stormwater from several properties, typically saving space, money and maintenance costs. Shared stormwater best management practices (BMPS) collect and manage stormwater from several properties, typically saving space, money and maintenance costs.

Downspout Disconnection

Rooftop downspouts are directed to vegetated areas rather than to driveways, curbs and gutters. This reduces the amount of rainwater that must be managed by sewer systems and eventually drained into waterways. Rooftop downspouts are directed to vegetated areas rather than to impervious driveways, gutters and eventually into waterways.

Pervious Pavers

Pervious pavers provide infiltrative surfaces in urban landscpaes for sidewalks, walkways, parking and streets. Installation and subsurface preparation are designed for maximum performance and maintenance. Pervious pavers provide infiltrative surfaces in urban landscpaes for sidewalks, walkways, parking and streets. Installation and subsurface preparation are designed for maximum performance and maintenance.

Bioswales

Bioswales are stormwater runoff conveyance systems that can absorb low flows or heavy rains to improve water quality by filtering storm water. The thicker and heavier the grasses, the better the swale can filter out contaminants. Bioswales are stormwater runoff conveyance systems that can absorb low flows or heavy rains to improve water quality by filtering storm water.