Infrastructure projects should incorporate green early on in the design process for new roads, transit facilities and other projects by assuring ample space (both above ground and underground) and budget for trees and other green. Higher density development which brings people closer to mass transit and takes people out of their cars also increases the “greenness” of an area. The pedestrian experience is very important and can be improved by aesthetic and functional green.
New development of residential and business areas should incorporate urban forests into the design and use green as a building block. An urban forest is a collection of trees in the urban environment and can vary anywhere from a forest, ecological corridor, park or recreational green space to a green roof garden, street, plaza or front garden.
Water managements systems should be designed by a team of engineers together with urban designers, landscape architects and ecologists to ensure an effective balance between engineered and multi-functional nature-based-solutions.
Use green not only for aesthetics but also for its ability to raise the value of property, improve the health of residents and workers, encourage social interactions, regulate temperatures, retain water, increase biodiversity, reduce energy needs in buildings and remove air pollutants.
A long-term cost-benefit analysis could convince decision-makers that green elements are essential in all urban projects. The development of green spaces should also play a central role in meeting the aims of policies related to health, nature conservation and spatial planning. The real and instrinsic value of greenery to development projects may be illustrated through systems such as natural capital accounting
Inform decision makers of the benefits of green in urban areas so it becomes just as standard an element in projects as roads, parking density. Multidisciplinary teams for all infrastructure and development projects require landscape architects, urban ecologists, and horticulturists.