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Letter from the Guest Editors

  • Jeffrey L. Mengler, Jesse A. Elam and Dennis Dreher


Green infrastructure is becoming a prominently used term in planning, policies, and goals at all levels of government and throughout the country. But the term means different things to different people. In fact, there is enough variety in the green infrastructure concepts being bantered about that the definition of green infrastructure is a main tenant of one article (Allen 2012) in this special issue of Environmental Practice. The use of the term can indeed become very confusing among the uninitiated. Green washing is a term used to describe services or products that make an unsubstantiated claim of being green. Thus, it is important, as several of our authors note in this special issue, to be clear about what is meant by green infrastructure so as to not end up with it on the heap of green washing or discarded buzzwords.



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Allen, W. 2012. Advancing Green Infrastructure at All Scales: From Landscape to Site. Environmental Practice 14(1) [this issue].
Barnhill, K., and Smardon, R.. 2012. Gaining Ground: Green Infrastructure Attitudes and Perceptions from Stakeholders in Syracuse, New York. Environmental Practice 14(1) [this issue].
Benedict, M.A., and McMahon, E.T.. 2006. Green Infrastructure: Linking Landscapes and Communities. Island Press, Washington, DC, 299 pp.
Chicago Wilderness. 2004. Green Infrastructure Vision: Final Report. Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, Chicago, 74 pp. + maps. Available at (accessed January 2, 2012).
Flakne, R., and Keller, R.. 2012. A Plan for Nature in Glenview: Creating and Implementing a Natural Resources Plan at the Community Level. Environmental Practice 14(1) [this issue].
Lerner, J., and Allen, W.. 2012. Landscape-Scale Green Infrastructure Investments as a Climate Adaptation Strategy: A Case Example for the Midwest United States. Environmental Practice 14(1) [this issue].
Mayer, A., Shuster, W., Beaulieu, J., Hopton, M., Rhea, L., Roy, A., and Thurston, H.. 2012. Building Green Infrastructure via Citizen Participation: A Six-Year Study in the Shepherd Creek (Ohio, USA). Environmental Practice 14(1) [this issue].

Letter from the Guest Editors

  • Jeffrey L. Mengler, Jesse A. Elam and Dennis Dreher


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