A Framework for Multifunctional Green Infrastructure Investment in Camden, NJ

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A Framework for Multifunctional Green Infrastructure Investment in Camden, NJ


  • Kate Zidar Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University, USA
  • Maryse Belliveau-Nance The Trust for Public Land, USA
  • Anthony Cucchi The Trust for Public Land, USA
  • Danielle Denk The Trust for Public Land, USA
  • Andrew Kricun Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, USA
  • Shaun O’Rourke The Trust for Public Land, USA
  • Shudipto Rahman Boomi Environmental LLC, USA
  • Sri Rangarajan Boomi Environmental LLC, USA
  • Eric Rothstein eDesign Dynamics LLC, USA
  • Justin Shih eDesign Dynamics LLC, USA
  • Franco Montalto Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University and eDesign Dynamics LLC, USA


Abstract  This study demonstrates a decision-support framework for planning Green Infrastructure (GI) systems that maximize urban ecosystem services in Camden, NJ. Seven key ecosystem services are evaluated (urban agriculture expansion, combined sewer overflow reduction, heat island reduction, flooding reduction, capacity building/green jobs expansion, fitness expansion, and stress reduction), to produce a normalized value for each service for each drainage sub-basin within the city. Gaps in ecosystem services are then mapped and utilized to geographically prioritize different kinds of multifunctional GI. Conceptual designs are developed for four site typologies: parks, schools, vacant lots, and brownfield sites. For one demonstration site, additional analysis is presented on urban engagement, life cycle cost reduction, and new sources of funding. What results is an integrated, long-term vision where multifunctional GI systems can be readily customized to meet multiple needs within urban communities. This study provides a portable and replicable framework for leveraging the regulatory requirement to manage stormwater to meet broader urban revitalization goals, all through a decentralized network of green infrastructure assets.


Keywords  ecosystem services; green infrastructure; stormwater management; urban redevelopment


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/up.v2i3.1038


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