Green infrastructure systems provide environmental and economic benefits

Green infrastructure is a cost-effective, resilient approach to managing wet weather impacts that provides many community benefits. Through Greening Up: A Green Infrastructure Series, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Austin Little will explore the important role green infrastructure systems plays in improving the built environment by managing storm water, reducing energy costs, and increasing green space.   

The four-part series will be held at 1 p.m. each Friday during the month of June. One may click on the webinar title to register for each session.

June 5 | Greening Up: An Introduction
The series kicks off with a general overview of sustainable practices and examples of green infrastructure including green roofs, green walls, rain gardens, and permeable pavers. The subsequent webinars will take a closer look at each area.

June 12 | Green Roofs
Little will discuss different green roof systems and how they contribute to a healthy environment as he leads a virtual tour of a local green roof.

June 19 | Green Walls
Green walls, also known as living walls, are an exciting and engaging green infrastructure that can be seen in public spaces, schools, businesses, and even homes. Little will discuss the benefits of green walls and how they work, then lead a virtual tour of a green wall.

June 19 | Permeable Pavement
Permeable pavers are a valuable component of healthy and environmentally sustainable built environments. Discover the different kinds of permeable pavers and how they fit into the larger practice of green infrastructure.

Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact the webinar organizer. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.

SourceAustin Little, Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension
News WriterHeather Willis, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension