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This category recognizes the best application of green infrastructure (GI) practices that are built in highly urban areas to reduce flooding and pollutant delivery (more than 75% site impervious cover).

Some examples include: green streets, walls, roofs or parking lots, rainwater harvesting systems, urban forestry practices, and permeable hardscapes.

Any private or public sector redevelopment projects that creatively integrate green infrastructure practices into their site plans are encouraged to apply.

The strongest projects will:

  1. Effectively overcome the challenges encountered in the ultra-urban environment such as traffic, utilities and other underground infrastructure
  2. Utilize an innovative design to achieve a high reduction of runoff and pollutants for the site
  3. Create an attractive site, neighborhood or street amenityLink green infrastructure practices together into an effective treatment train
  4. Contribute to one or more of the following:
    • increased urban tree canopy
    • building sustainability (e.g., energy savings, green building certification)
    • easier and safer pedestrian movement
    • public art