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Norfolk is taking the initiative to improve the city by promoting sustainability, utilizing green building practices, as well as educating and promoting the residence about the practices of conserving energy. In order to meet the needs of today we must consider environmental sustainability without compromising or affecting the ability of future generations to meet the needs of the future. This will help in preparation for potential risks in the present as well as the future and preserve the environment we live in. Building green infrastructures within the City of Norfolk will establish a sense of sustainability by developing run off systems to assist with flooding problems.
The PlaNorfolk 2030 has the resources to establish green infrastructures to enhance the use of the environment around us. Norfolk possesses a number of different resources that will not only protect the environment, but also to enhance it. Natural resources that are provided to Norfolk stretches up and down the Chesapeake Bay beaches and dunes as well as the rivers and wetlands within and around the city. Norfolk is surrounded by water with an estimated 144 miles of shoreline along with bays, rivers and about 750 acres of wetlands, which provides a large aquatic ecosystem. Utilizing city parks, open green spaces, and street trees can play a significant part in developing a sustainable environment.
Unlike other run off systems such as storm water infrastructures that consist of pipes to dispose and manage rainwater, green infrastructures uses the vegetation and soil within and around the city to manage rainwater where it falls. Developing these types of infrastructures utilizes the natural processes within our environment that provides a way to manage storm water, flood mitigation, air quality management, and many other positive advantages to support a sustainable environment. Green infrastructures is a solution that can replace and or repair the City of Norfolk that can meet many objectives to develop a green environment.
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