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Green Infrastructure: Smart Conservation for the 21st Century

Benedict, M.A. & McMahon, E.T. (2001) Green infrastructure: Smart conservation for the 21st century. Washington, DC: Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse Monograph Series.


This monograph introduces green infrastructure as a strategic approach to land conservation that is critical to the success of smart growth initiatives. Green infrastructure is “smart” conservation that addresses the ecological and social impacts of sprawl and the accelerated consumption and fragmentation of open land. This monograph describes the concept and values of green infrastructure and presents seven principles and associated strategies for successful green infrastructure initiatives.