Green infrastructure implementation: Planning for a sustainable future

Green infrastructure uses plants, soils, and natural processes to manage rain and snowmelt wherever it flows. Many Michigan communities are interested in using green infrastructure to supplement traditional grey infrastructure components such as storm drains, sewer pipes, and wastewater treatment plants. However, there are many barriers to the large-scale adoption of green infrastructure projects. Individuals, organizations, and communities across the state face regulatory red tape, lack of funding, lack of quantifiable incentives, and other challenges.

The research team will identify and address these challenges and develop strategies for easing the transition toward green infrastructure in Michigan.

Lead principal investigator: Don Carpenter, Lawrence Technological University

Project overview (PDF)

Executive Summary: Green Infrastructure Barriers Survey (PDF)

Green Infrastructure in Michigan: An Integrated Assessment of Its Use, Barriers & Opportunities Final Report (PDF)