The Green Futures Lab (GFL) is developing a Green Infrastructure Resource Center to provide professionals, students, and community members with resources about key green infrastructure systems: water, habitat, low-impact mobility, community spaces, and low carbon energy for a healthy climate.
Physically housed in Gould Hall room 242 on the University campus, the Green Infrastructure Resource Center exhibits valuable reference and demonstration materials. Online resources are also available below:
Institutions, Agencies and Organizations
UW Landscape Architecture Department | This department features Master and Bachelor degree programs focused on urban ecological design including research and studio projects on ecological infrastructure, culturally-based place-making, design for ecological literacy and human and environmental health.
Urban Ecology Research Lab | This research lab focuses on assessing the environmental implications of alternative urban development patterns including human and natural systems, human health and oceans, land change cover models and landscape patterns, using GIS and remote sensing techniques.
Urban Form Lab | The Urban Form Lab (UFL) is a research center at the College of Built Environments focused on urban morphology including relationships between transportation and urban form, and between physical activity (walking and biking) and environments, land supply monitoring for infill and redevelopment, compact development patterns in suburban areas, the development of housing typologies.
UW-Seattle Integrated Design Lab | The integrated Design Lab (iDL) is an extension of the University of Washinginton's College of Built Environments. The iDL assists design teams on how to design, construct and operate healthier, productive and energy efficient buildings. The Seattle Daylighting Lab is part of the iDL
UW Construction Methods and Materials Collection (CMMC) | Part of the Madison Digital Image Database (MDID) of the Visual Resources Collection at UW, this resource features images and research on construction materials and methods.
Seattle Office of Sustainability | The purpose of this site is to inform and inspire individuals and organizations--both within and outside City government--to take actions that help make Seattle a model of healthy, ecologically sustainable urban living.
Seattle Urban Nature | Local organization dedicated to restoring urban habitat.
Puget Sound Regional Council | The Puget Sound Regional Council is an association of cities, towns, counties, ports, and state agencies that serves as a forum for developing policies and making decisions about regional growth and transportation issues in the four-county central Puget Sound region.
Cascade Land Conservancy | The Cascade Agenda Cities Program works with local communities to make them more livable.
Puget Sound Partnership: Stormwater Resources | A well-maintained list of resouces dealing with different aspects of urban stormwater issues.
Portland Office of Sustainability Development (OSD) | The Portland OSD office provides information, training, incentives and technical assistance to encourage sustainable building and remodeling practices in residential and commercial buildings.
Sightline Institute | Sustainability approaches searchable regionally within Cascadia (British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, Washington) or by topics including (sprawl and transportation, energy and climate, pollution and toxics, forests and wildlife, human health, population, economy, green taxes.
EPA Green Infrastructure Website | Site features information of green infrastructure: policy, benefits, resources, articles, tools, case studies of innovative projects and programs around the country, funding information, partnership contacts and performance data including reports, publication, predictive models and calculators.
International Sustainable Institute | Resource library of publicly available sustainability materials including topics on the following: built environment, energy, mobility, social sustainability, waste and water management.
Design Guides, Fact Sheets and Publications
- Sustainability Indicators
- Green Infrastructure & Community Visioning
- Parks & Community Space
- Water & Drainage
- Low-Impact Mobility
- Climate, Energy & Materials
Cascadia Scorecard | Sightline Institute's index of sustainability for the Northwest. The Scorecard tracks the region's performance on trends critical to the region's future--and estimates how many years the region is from reaching a real-world model for each indicator.
High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines | Developed by the Design Trust for Public Spaces, this document "provides a roadmap for incorporating best management practices (BMP's)" into New York City's right of way infrastructure (pdf).
Infrastructure Verde - Green Infrastructure Plan for Puerto Rico (in Spanish)
Open Space Seattle 2100 | 20-year and 100-year visions for the City of Seattle
Lake Forest Park Legacy Plan | 100-year plan for the City of Lake Forest Park's green infrastructure
Green Infrastructure: Smart Conservation for the 21st Century | Published by the Conservation Fund, this document traces the history and future of green infrastructure
Green Infrastructure Case Studies | A series of case studies published by the Conservation Fund
Copenhagen Park Policy | Policy for a green Copenhagen
How Cities Use Parks for Green Infrastructure | An American Planning Association document describing multiple benefits of parks
Parks Equity and Public Health Toolkit | A resource developed by the Trust for Public Land to help communities advocate for and develop a healthier built Environment
Park Score | A web resource developed by the Trust for Public Land. Currently limited to California.
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Fact Sheets | Stormwater, Green Roofs, Trees, rainwater collection, etc.
Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In | A short video by the US EPA and US Botanic Garden highlighting rain gardens, green roofs, and rain barrels.
Livable Copenhagen | Report on cycling in Copenhagen produced by UW Urban Design and Planning student Alyse Nelson.
State of Seattle's Madrone Forests | Recent report by Seattle Urban Nature
Gardening for Life Guide | Published by the Seattle Audubon, this guide is designed to help gardeners create valuable wildlife habitat.
Climate Change: Impacts Vulnerabilities and Adaptation in Developing Countries | Published by The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Buildcarbonneutral.org | This web site offers a calculator to estimate the carbon footprint of a construction project
Green Technology 433 Course Web site | Research completed by Landscape Architecture students in the UW Sustainable Landscape Construction course. This web site features information on design concerns, applicability criteria, construction and cost issues of existing and emerging green technologies, and case studies of local construction projects that highlight methods and challenges of sustainable site construction.