Green Infrastructure, the process of incorporating plants, vegetation, and natural processes into design, is becoming an increasingly mainstream solution as urban areas around the globe look to become more resilient to combat climate change. In an effort to provide local governments, individuals, and community organizations with educational materials and resources to build support for green infrastructure, the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) recently launched the Green Infrastructure and Forestry Toolkit (GIFT) with funding from the United States Forest Service (USFS).
The site offers two different navigational schemes that allow both newcomers and more seasoned green infrastructure enthusiasts to develop a deeper understanding of the field. The “Getting Started” menu offers a step-by-step guide through the benefits of GI and how it works on a local level. For those looking to drum up support for this highly cost-effective design process, the “Planning Process” menu offers a more detailed guide into the procedure for implementing GI, while offering a variety of outreach materials, template ordinances, and successful case studies as examples for communities to build upon.