According to the Environmental Protection Agency Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils and natural processes to manage water and create healthier urban environments. Some examples include bioswales, green roofs, rain gardens, and permeable pavements.
The most successful green infrastructure layers program with function. The dry stream bed with boulders can provide an area for water to infiltrate the soil as well as a play area for children. Green roofs reduce and slow down storm water runoff, improve the quality of the water, and alleviate the urban heat island effect, while creating beautiful gardens for building users to be viewed from above or experienced up close. Permeable pavers allow water to filter through the surface positively impacting storm water runoff quality and quantity, and free up developable space that would otherwise be taken up by detention ponds. The paved surface is an asset that can be designed to create beautiful patio and plaza spaces, or on a practical level, parking lots.
Lime Green Design incorporates green infrastructure as part of their holistic design approach, realizing benefits that positively impact the construction budget, aesthetics, and long-term sustainability.