With Funding Tight, Cities are Turning to Green Infrastructure

From Seattle to Sweden, an ever-growing number of governments are using roof gardens, specially designed wetlands, and other forms of “green infrastructure” to rein in pollution from diffuse sources — and to save money. READ MORE

 

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Stuttgart, Germany, realizing that the city’s heat island effect was contributing to badly polluted air in summer, analyzed weather patterns and enacted a plan to restore “wind paths” to encourage breezes from the surrounding hills to naturally clean and air condition the city. The city has prohibited new buildings that block these streams of fresh air, protected existing green space, and created new open areas. (Steffi Loos/AFP/Getty Images)

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