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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 developers and directly with towns, assembling teams of experts to provide education, training and direct technical assistance, and to facilitate and accelerate demonstration projects that show innovative and effective use of green infrastructure.

Click here for a downloadable factsheet describing this program. Click here to sign up to receive updates and information.
Click here to see and navigate the NJ Developers’ Green Infrastructure Guide.

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

noun_5841_ccPilot 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 is working with developers and design professionals throughout New Jersey to promote and advance the implementation of green infrastructure. New Jersey Future has partnered with the New Jersey Builders Association to convene a task force of developers, engineers, green infrastructure experts, and attorneys to help New Jersey’s developers and design professionals

advise and assist this important work and to act as ambassadors to the industry. 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 has issued a Call for Submissions to identify and support two high-profile green infrastructure demonstration projects – one public-sector and one private-sector – located in one of the William Penn Foundation’s Delaware River Initiative Areas: the Highlands of northwest New Jersey or the Kirkwood Cohansey Aquifer area of southern New Jersey. Application guidelines, frequently asked questions, and instructions on how to apply are available here

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WHAT is green infrastructure?

Green street_tree pits_blue carGreen infrastructure is the use of natural systems and natural design, rather than storm sewers, to manage rainwater and snowmelt. Green infrastructure either (a) enables this runoff to filter into the ground where it falls, thus recharging critically important underground aquifers with clean water, or (b) captures runoff for a beneficial re-use such as irrigation. Examples include street trees, pervious pavement, rain gardens, rain barrels, green roofs, vegetated swales and bioretention basins.


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WHY design projects using green infrastructure?

Because it works. It cleans and conserves the world’s most precious resource, reduces flooding, improves public health, provides jobs, raises property values, beautifies neighborhoods and “downtowns” and supports wildlife.


economy graphicEconomy

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, saves energy and restores ecosystems. Allowing rain to soak into the ground is basic to the natural water cycle. Native plantings 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, 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 is focused on New Jersey’s environmentally fragile 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. These regions include:

  • Small, walkable towns
  • Extraordinary environmental resources
  • Statewide importance and value
  • Flooding and water pollution that threaten people, businesses and ecosystems
  • Direct impact on Delaware River water quality

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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

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.

What is the Value of Green Infrastructure? New Tools and Events Drill Down

A new guide for developers and a related series of events are putting a spotlight on the benefits of incorporating green stormwater infrastructure into development projects.

Guide Helps Unlock New Resources for Stormwater Management

New Jersey’s CSO Permittee Network used a workshop to explore ways to unlock nontraditional resources for managing stormwater and sewer overflows.

Developers Convention To Address ‘Why Green Infrastructure?’

New Jersey Future and the New Jersey Builders Association will offer a suite of green infrastructure resources and tools at the Atlantic Builders Convention.

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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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