The Green Experiment: Cities, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, and Sustainability

dc.contributor.author Chini, Christopher
dc.contributor.author Canning, James
dc.contributor.author Peschel, Joshua
dc.contributor.author Schreiber, Kelsey
dc.contributor.author Peschel, Joshua
dc.contributor.author Stillwell, Ashlynn
dc.contributor.department Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
dc.date 2018-02-18T05:19:14.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-29T22:42:38Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-29T22:42:38Z
dc.date.copyright Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2017
dc.date.issued 2017-01-12
dc.description.abstract <p>Green infrastructure is a unique combination of economic, social, and environmental goals and benefits that requires an adaptable framework for planning, implementing, and evaluating. In this study, we propose an experimental framework for policy, implementation, and subsequent evaluation of green stormwater infrastructure within the context of sociotechnical systems and urban experimentation. Sociotechnical systems describe the interaction of complex systems with quantitative and qualitative impacts. Urban experimentation—traditionally referencing climate change programs and their impacts—is a process of evaluating city programs as if in a laboratory setting with hypotheses and evaluated results. We combine these two concepts into a singular framework creating a policy feedback cycle (PFC) for green infrastructure to evaluate municipal green infrastructure plans as an experimental process within the context of a sociotechnical system. After proposing and discussing the PFC, we utilize the tool to research and evaluate the green infrastructure programs of 27 municipalities across the United States. Results indicate that green infrastructure plans should incorporate community involvement and communication, evaluation based on project motivation, and an iterative process for knowledge production. We suggest knowledge brokers as a key resource in connecting the evaluation stage of the feedback cycle to the policy phase. We identify three important needs for green infrastructure experimentation: (i) a fluid definition of green infrastructure in policy; (ii) maintenance and evaluation components of a green infrastructure plan; and (iii) communication of the plan to the community.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is from <em>Sustainability</em> <strong>2017</strong>, <em>9</em>(1), 105; doi:<a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su9010105" target="_blank">10.3390/su9010105</a>. Posted with permission.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Agriculture
dc.subject.disciplines Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering
dc.subject.disciplines Civil Engineering
dc.subject.disciplines Sustainability
dc.subject.keywords Green infrastructure
dc.subject.keywords Urban water policy
dc.subject.keywords Urban experiments
dc.subject.keywords Sociotechnical systems
dc.title The Green Experiment: Cities, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, and Sustainability
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