What is Green Infrastructure?

There are many definitions of green infrastructure which have circulated in literature and dialogue in recent years. Many of these definitions focus on the varying benefits or uses of green infrastructure practices, such as enhancing biodiversity or filtrating polluted runoff. Our definition is simply stated as green infrastructure for urban stormwater management.

Wisconsin Sea Grant, 2021. Summary of Green Infrastructure Practices.

This document outlines the purpose and suitability criteria of green infrastructure practices for urban stormwater management. It also discusses the water capture capacity, costs, and management considerations of each practice, including green roofs, rain barrels, permeable pavement, stormwater trees, and the infiltrating practices of bioswales, rain gardens, native landscaping, and constructed wetlands.

Costs and Savings

Explore the costs associated with implementing green infrastructure.


Explore the maintenance requirements of green infrastructure.