This report is the culmination of months of research and incorporates extensive conversations with practitioners and volumes of diverse literature and data. The blueprint itself synthesizes this research into actionable steps – from the individual to the societal – that must be taken to get where we need to be in regards to growing our urban portfolios of green infrastructure assets to scale. Cities will prioritize these steps differently based on where they are in the process, and, as the report illustrates, the process of implementation is non-linear. In many ways, this work will look different across individual cities, but the basic truths and foundational steps remain the same.
Mainstreaming green assets as part of a comprehensive capital planning process that attracts large-scale investment across US cities is a major undertaking that requires a rethinking of how our government delivers services. Such significant innovation within entrenched public systems will surely pose diverse challenges at all levels, but meeting these challenges with bold action centered in shared commitments promises outsized rewards for generations of Americans. It is precisely this scale of reimagining government that our systems are borne from, and there is evidence that this shift is already underway. However, it will require participation from private industry, the philanthropic community, academia, and the general public in order to be truly successful. While it is the government’s mandate to deliver services that promote the success of our communities and our economy, it is clearly in everyone’s interest to contribute diverseexpertise and resources to ensure that they succeed.