Local council leadership, and support for green infrastructure on private land, can help to achieve greening targets. Collaborating and advocating can promote use of green infrastructure in high density urban areas. It’s particularly important to get buy in from developers and building owners in high density urban infill developments
• Council is using green infrastructure to help manage the impacts of climate change, rapid population growth and urban development on Melbourne’s liveability and resilience.
• The Green Our City Strategic Action Plan sets a clear direction for council, the private sector and the community to substantially increase the quantity and quality of green infrastructure in the municipality.
Cities providing ecosystem services
- Urban heat island mitigation: Green walls and roofs help to cool hot cities and insulate buildings throughout the year.
- Increase biodiversity: Green roofs can provide new urban habitats for rare or important species of plants or animals.
Cities as water supply catchments
- Stormwater management: Green roofs absorb and retain rainwater and can be used to manage the peak amount of stormwater run-off in urban environments.
- Improve water quality: Green roofs can filter particulates and pollutants.
Cities comprising water sensitive communities
- Boost liveability: Green walls and roofs enhance a city, creating sustainable and lush social and leisure environments.
- Increase knowledge: Practical resources educate developers and the wider community to increase the uptake and maintenance of green walls and roofs.
- Improve health: More green spaces improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the surrounding community.
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