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The Benefits of Community-Driven Green Infrastructure (Updated)


From rain barrels outside of homes to planter boxes on sidewalks, community-led green infrastructure projects in New Orleans are helping the city to cut flood risks and improve water management as climate change fuels more extreme weather. These resident-driven efforts are not just practically useful during and after extreme weather events. Green infrastructure projects in several New Orleans neighborhoods have generated $19 million in annual benefits ranging from flood regulation to a reduction in noise and heat exposure, according to a study released by research group Earth Economics and Water Wise Gulf South, a collective of community-based organizations that share a commitment to strengthening public awareness and the use of green infrastructure.

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