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Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure

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Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure is a program aimed at moving green stormwater infrastructure practices into the mainstream. Years ago, green-building standards such as LEED were considered eccentric and expensive. Now, they are mainstream – understood to be the smart way to build. The same thing is beginning to happen with green infrastructure.

To accelerate and facilitate the mainstreaming process, New Jersey future is working with towns and developers; assembling teams of experts to provide education, training and technical assistance; facilitating demonstration projects that show innovative and effective use of green infrastructure; and working with state agencies to update and improve rules, manuals, standards, and programs to facilitate and incentive the use of green infrastructure.

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Case Studies

New Jersey Future is compiling a list of successful green infrastructure installations in New Jersey. If you are an engineer, developer, or manager of a green infrastructure project you would like to highlight, click here.

Resources to help accelerate your own green infrastructure project can be found here.

Our Project

Pilot Towns 

Our work with towns is focused on the environmentally fragile New Jersey’s Highlands and Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer (including the Pinelands) regions, where we will encourage the use of green infrastructure as a mainstream practice in growth and redevelopment areas. Click here to find out more about the pilot towns.

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Developers’ Green Infrastructure Task Force

New Jersey Future has partnered with the New Jersey Builders Association to convene the Developers’ Green Infrastructure Task Force, which helps New Jersey’s developers and their design professionals learn about, finance, and build green infrastructure. The task force includes developers, engineers, green infrastructure experts, and attorneys who advise and assist this important work and  act as ambassadors to the industry.

The Task force has produced the Developers’ Green Infrastructure Guide, which answers questions about GI, including what it is, how it works, what are its costs and benefits, why it make good business sense. Click here to access the NJ Developers’ Green Infrastructure GuideTo express interest in the Developers’ Green Infrastructure Task Force, email Kandyce Perry  (kperryatnjfuturedotorg)  .

demo projectDemonstration Projects

New Jersey Future is supporting two green infrastructure demonstration projects – one public-sector and one private-sector – to serve as a showcase of green infrastructure. Stay tuned for the engineering plans.



State Agencies

New Jersey Future is working with state agencies to update and improve rules, manuals, standards, and programs to facilitate and incentive the use of green infrastructure

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WHAT is green infrastructure?

Green street_tree pits_blue carGreen infrastructure (GI) is the use of stormwater management practices that use or mimic the natural water cycle, rather than pipes and storm sewers, to manage rain, stormwater and snowmelt. Green infrastructure enables this water to soak into the ground where it falls or captures it for a beneficial re-use such as irrigation or flushing toilets. Examples include street trees, pervious pavement, rain gardens, rain barrels and cisterns, green roofs, vegetated swales and bioretention basins. Green infrastructure saves and cleans water, while uninterrupted runoff results in pollution and flooding.

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WHY design projects using green infrastructure?

GI cleans and conserves the world’s most precious resource, reduces flooding, improves public health, provides jobs, raises property values, beautifies neighborhoods and and supports wildlife.

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Green infrastructure has been shown to increase property values and rental premiums, and returns water to aquifers critical to agriculture. Green infrastructure investments provide jobs that require no prior experience.


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In addition to cleaning and conserving water, green infrastructure improves air quality, reduces greenhouse gases, restores ecosystems, replenishes aquifers, and prevents runoff pollution. Native plantings in GI installations support pollinators, songbirds and other beneficial wildlife



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Green areas provide both physical and mental health benefits. People are happier living in places with trees and greenways. Green infrastructure supports walkable communities, aids in traffic calming, provides for outdoor recreation and community gardens, and reduces the effects of excess heat.

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WHERE are we working?

Our work with towns and demonstration projects is focused on New Jersey’s environmentally fragile Highlands and Kirkwood Cohansey Aquifer area (including the Pinelands) regions, where we encourage the use of green infrastructure as a mainstream practice in growth and redevelopment areas. Our work with developers is statewide.

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WHO are we working with?

Interested in working with us? Please contact Kandyce Perry  (kperryatnjfuturedotorg)  .

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There is a wealth of information about green infrastructure, but here are some resources we’d like to highlight. Click here to view our resources.

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Future Facts

Smart-Growth Policy Priorities Well Represented on Murphy Transition Team

Smart-growth policy issues are well represented by the 15 experts now or formerly associated with New Jersey Future who have been named to the transition teams working with Governor-elect Phil Murphy.

A Rain Garden Grows in Harrison

Rain gardens planted at the public library in Harrison can absorb approximately 2,800 gallons of water per storm and as much as 38,000 gallons per year based on average rainfall.

Rain Garden Partnership in Newton Brings Learning Opportunity, Better Water Quality

A new rain garden in Newton, developed through a three-way partnership, provides improved water quality and offers an example of effective use of green infrastructure to manage stormwater.

Newark–Philadelphia Study Visit Focuses on Implementing Green Infrastructure at Scale

Representatives from the City of Newark visited the Philadelphia Water Department to learn more about implementing green infrastructure at scale to help manage stormwater.

Gubernatorial Candidates on Key Issues Facing New Jersey

We asked the Democrat and Republican candidates for governor how they would approach some of the key issues the winner will face when he or she takes office. Here is what they said.

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Much of New Jersey Future’s work to mainstream green infrastructure
is supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

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