A Watershed Moment: Incorporating Green Infrastructure in Grand Rapids

Today we hear from Suzanne Schulz, Planing Director for the City of Grand Rapids. She discusses the importance of incorporating green infrastructure into the city’s master plan.

Green infrastructure is defined in multiple ways, from LEED buildings to trees, water, and parks. “It’s much deeper than that because it affects the community at so many different levels,” said Schulz. For this reason, green infrastructure has been an important element in the master planning of the city. Trees have been a main component in implementing more green infrastructure in Grand Rapids, in addition to stormwater management. Although stormwater is not always visible to the community, it costs the city millions of dollars, so taking measures to better manage the city’s stormwater is both environmentally and economically efficient. Parks are another area of focus the city has zoomed in on, which provide many benefits, including inducing better health and fitness, a sense of community, and even reducing crime.

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“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life.  Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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