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Localized Green Infrastructure Guide Wins Award

Great Lakes Green Infastructure
Great Lakes Green Infastructure

(June 6, 2019) The American Society of Landscape Architects has presented a Merit Award of Achievement for Research and Communication to the City of Rochester and Monroe County for their Green Infrastructure Retrofit Manual.

The Green Infrastructure Retrofit Manual is a how-to guide for the City of Rochester and Monroe County in New York State. The manual uses a Green Infrastructure design strategy, applying a natural systems approach to managing stormwater and creating healthier, more sustainable environments in the area. It also includes information on the pollutant removal efficiencies of green infrastructure practices, a cost calculator, soil testing protocols, recommended plants, and case studies.

Although the manual was developed for the City of Rochester and Monroe County, the overall guidance is applicable to other communities.

The designation of the award was determined by a multi-disciplinary jury of the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The guide is the product of a partnership between:

  •     City of Rochester
  •     Monroe County
  •     Barton & Loguidice, DPC
  •     The Association of State Floodplain Managers
  •     New York Sea Grant
  •     NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Support for the manual’s development was provided by:

  • The Environmental Protection Fund under the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act through the NY Great Lakes Small Grants Program administered by New York Sea Grant
  • The GLRI through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management.

The Green Infrastructure Retrofit Manual is available online.

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