The Community Planning Approach to Green Infrastructure and Hazard Mitigation Toolkit

Communities face several challenges and complex decisions related to natural hazards, which are increasingly exacerbated by climate change. Furthermore, the increased frequency of extreme weather events creates a widespread challenge for managing stormwater, flooding, and extreme heat. Integrating mitigation and resilience strategies into multiple community plans and policies is essential if communities are to adapt to these climate challenges successfully.

GI Hazard Mitigation

The U.S. EPA has recognized green infrastructure as a multi-benefit solution for addressing water-related issues identified through the local hazard mitigation planning process. This program is designed to support a community-based update of a multi-hazard mitigation plan and community resilience planning efforts, emphasizing implementing green infrastructure. The Community Planning Approach to Green Infrastructure and Hazard Mitigation Toolkit provides all materials necessary to evaluate the relevance and effectiveness of existing community policies and identify goals, motivations, and barriers for hazard mitigation planning, focusing on water resources, flooding, and green infrastructure. The toolkit includes a program overview and community education and engagement materials.

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Contact Info

Topic Specialist

Kara Salazar
Assistant Program Leader for Community Development and Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist
Daniel Walker
Community Development Regional Educator

Research Projects

Carolyn Foley
Research Coordinator


Ethan Chitty
Administrative Assistant

Education & Training

Terri Hallesy
Education Coordinator
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