How Pocket Green Space Can Transform a State Capital

Jan 31st, 2013 | By | Category: Top Story

The federal Environmental Protection Agency sponsors an innovative planning program designed to help bring more green infrastructure and green building practices to our country’s state capitals, making them simultaneously more environmentally resilient and more beautiful. Implemented with EPA’s cohorts in the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities – the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development – Greening America’s Capitals launched in 2010 and thus far has been selecting five capitals each year for design assistance. The program is not very well known but deserves to be.

The area inside the black lines is the study area chosen for the greening exercise. The red areas on the map, both inside and outside the study zone, are parking lots.

The area inside the black lines is the study area chosen for the greening exercise. The red areas on the map, both inside and outside the study zone, are parking lots. (Nelson Byrd Woltz for U.S. E.P.A.)

This week some state and local leaders and civic-minded folks took part in a forum on strong communities. Hartford was one of the five initial cities selected for the – Greening America’s Capitals program launched in 2010.

Much of the planning was led by the landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz.

For more on this story, visit: How Pocket Green Space Can Transform a State Capital – Design – The Atlantic Cities.

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