Green Infrastructure Foundation
The Green Infrastructure Foundation (GIF) was founded in 2007 to respond to the need for greater awareness and resources to promote the design, installation, and maintenance of green infrastructure in local communities. GIF is a tax-exempt, charitable 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), a membership based industry association and the leading entity for promoting the Green Roof and Wall industry in the U.S. and Canada.
The Green Infrastructure Foundation works with partners including the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition to deepen and broaden public awareness of the multiple benefits of green roofs, urban forests, and other forms of green infrastructure as part of the built environment.
GIF’s programs and activities are designed to promote the positive contributions green infrastructure can make in communities while addressing barriers to green infrastructure such as local, state and federal regulations, the lack of awareness among policymakers and their constituencies, and the lack of technical knowledge about green infrastructure among contractors and consultants. They include:
The Green Infrastructure Charrette Program helps communities create a compelling vision for their communities, redesigned using green infrastructure, and including a cost-benefit analysis. Read the Greening Harlem Report.
The Living Architecture Performance Tool Program aims to create consensus-based performance metrics for living architecture, to ensure performance so that living architecture projects can be funded and incentivized with confidence.
The annual Grey to Green Conference, held in partnership with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, explores the economics of green infrastructure. The fifth annual Grey to Green Conference will be held in Toronto, Ontario in May 2017.
The annual CitiesAlive Conference, presented in partnership with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, is North America's largest green roof and wall gathering. The 15th annual conference will be held in Seattle, WA from October 10-13, 2017.
Training and workshops to help provide an overview of green infrastructure technologies, benefits, and policies that can be used to help spread awareness and adoption of these technologies.
Green Infrastructure Foundation Mission
The Green Infrastructure Foundation's mission is to provide resources, training, public education, and evaluation of public and private infrastructure investments to help communities, local governments and private developers make the built environment more economically, ecologically and socially sustainable.
Green Infrastructure is the interconnected network of open spaces and natural areas, such as green ways, wetlands, parks, urban forests and native plant vegetation that naturally manages stormwater, reduces flooding risk and improves air and water quality. Green Infrastructure often costs less to install and maintain when compared to traditional forms of infrastructure. Green Infrastructure enhances livability, energy efficiency and counteracts the urban heat island effect. Green Infrastructure projects can also foster community cohesiveness by engaging stakeholders in the planning, planting and maintenance of green infrastructure site.
Board of Directors
The Green Infrastructure Foundation is guided by the Board of Directors, comprised of:
- Sara Loveland, Chair
- Michael Krause
- Andrew Creath
- Peter Lowitt
- Steven Peck
- Kirstin Weeks