A Simple Idea. A Bold Vision.

Green infrastructure is a strategically planned and managed network of open spaces, watersheds, wildlife habitats, parks, and other areas that deliver vital services and enrich local quality of life. Designing a national network of interconnected landscapes is an ambitious vision placing green infrastructure at the heart of the planning and decision making process.


Green infrastructure is about identifying and connecting our most valuable landscapes before new development begins.

Prioritize and Connect

In the face of dramatic change, connected landscapes are better equipped to survive than isolated environments. By prioritizing and connecting the most valuable land, we can ensure plenty of safe drinking water, cleaner air, sustainable food sources, economically sound development, and resilient natural habitats.


Place the components of green infrastructure into a single map to visualize what to preserve and how to make connections.

Critical Habitats
Floodplains
Key Geologic Features
Groundwater Recharge Areas
Viewsheds to Outstanding Landscapes
Rivers, Wetlands & Streams
Prime Agriculture & Soils
Cultural & Recreational Areas
Critical Habitats
Floodplains
Key Geologic Features
Groundwater Recharge Areas
Viewsheds to Outstanding Landscapes
Rivers, Wetlands & Streams
Prime Agriculture & Soils
Cultural & Recreational Areas

Connections Across Scales

Green infrastructure linked across scales creates ecological corridors and initiates new relationships between urban and rural areas.

At the regional scale

At the regional scale

green infrastructure creates a connected network of green spaces to conserve natural ecosystem values and functions. It provides vital services like clean water, soil for agriculture, and breathable air.

At the local scale

At the local scale

it creates greenbelts around towns and inhibits urban sprawl. It connects communities with nature, and retains the important scenic and cultural landscapes that make a community unique.

At the urban and project scale

At the urban and project scale

it connects public spaces like parks and streets with surrounding landscapes. It also includes the tree canopy that keeps cities cooler in summer, adds natural beauty, helps clean the air, and reduces stormwater runoff.

Everyone Benefits

An interconnected system of vital landscapes is critical to building a sustainable future.

Environment

Green infrastructure sustains natural systems and boosts biodiversity, mitigates flooding, counteracts carbon, and helps regulate climate.

Community

Green infrastructure ensures that people can connect with nature, have access to clean air and water, and live healthier, happier lives.

Economy

Green infrastructure promises higher property values, lower healthcare and energy costs, more jobs, and smarter investments.

 

Identify, Connect, and Protect with Maps & Apps

What makes a landscape valuable? How do we decide what to preserve? How do we determine the best connections?

As part of its commitment to green infrastructure, Esri has compiled a map spanning the contiguous U.S. of every intact natural area greater than 100 acres, regardless of its ownership or preservation status. Using ArcGIS to combine local and regional data with the Esri National Map of Green Infrastructure empowers communities big and small to create tailored, locally-relevant landscape conservation strategies and envision how they might connect to a national green infrastructure network.

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