Elements for a Successful Green Infrastructure Project

Element 1:
Involve diverse stakeholders as partners in your green infrastructure initiative.

  • Strategy 1.1: Provide an open leadership forum, to share experiences and expectations and to build consensus. 
  • Strategy 1.2: Create a shared vision that is compelling, practical and inspiring. 
  • Strategy 1.3: Inform and educate the public.
  • Strategy 1.4: “Stay the course” to provide ongoing leadership and support.

Element 2:
Design your green infrastructure network to link diverse green space elements.

  • Strategy 2.1: Identify desired network attributes and gather data that represents their spatial arrangement across the landscape. 
  • Strategy 2.2: Lay the network out holistically to connect green space elements across multiple landscapes, jurisdictions, and scales (the identification and mapping of green space elements is key). 
  • Strategy 2.3: Evaluate and prioritize network components for conservation action.

Element 3:

Develop an implementation program to make your network design a reality, and begin undertaking activities to work toward desired goals.

  • Strategy 3.1: Identify the range of implementation tools available for your community, region and state.
  • Strategy 3.2: Create an “implementation quilt”, “spatially” matching financial, management and other identified tools to your network design. 
  • Strategy 3.3: Prepare a plan of action that involves participants from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Element 4:
Actively sell your strategic vision and plan to the public.

  • Strategy 4.1: Develop rationale and convincing information that documents the need for and the benefits of your vision and plan. 
  • Strategy 4.2: Excite and engage other agencies, organizations and the general public. 
  • Strategy 4.3: Make connections between green infrastructure initiatives and other activities within and beyond the community.

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