Author: H. Charron Date: 6/2/2009

The Land Policy Institute explored "Green Infrastructure" last month at a legislative forum on the New Economy in Lansing. The forum focused on identifying what green infrastructure is and its importance in the New Economy; the role green infrastructure can play in regional planning and economic development; and how statewide policies on green infrastructure can help in economic growth for Michigan.

The fourth forum of LPI's Legislative Forum Series included the following panelists:

The final forum in the series, "Infrastructure in the New Economy" is slated for Tuesday, June 9, 2009. It will provide additional detail on New Economy growth factors, as well as ideas for how these can be leveraged for Michigan's prosperity. This forum will take place at 11:45am in the Mackinac Room of the Anderson House Office Building. Please RSVP for this forum by emailing Jessica McFarland at mcfarland@landpolicy.msu.edu. Learn more at Legislative Forum Series.

More Information on Green Infrastructure:
The Land Policy Institute partnered with the Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy to produce a series of green infrastructure reports, including:

Training Opportunity:
Michigan Citizen Planner is offering online training in green infrastructure with their Growth through Green Development module, which presents an introduction to the many facets and perspectives of green development. The goal of this module is to increase awareness of green development strategies, techniques and tools that can be used when planning sites, neighborhoods, communities and regions. Units within this module include:

  • Foundations of Green Development
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Design the Community on a Human Scale
  • Green Site Development
  • Are We Ready for Green Development?

This module is the first available in a new educational package, "Planning for Prosperity." Two more modules will be available in the next two months.

  • Growth through Adaptive Reuse 
  • Introduction to Regional Prosperity

To register and learn more, visit Growth through Green Development.

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