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Green Infrastructure

Incorporating Plants and Enhancing Biodiversity in Buildings and Urban Environments

By John W. Dover

Routledge – 2015 – 288 pages

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Description

With more than half of the world's population now living in urban areas, it is vitally important that towns and cities are healthy places to live. The principal aim of this book is to synthesize the disparate literature on the use of vegetation in the built environment and its multifunctional benefits to humans. The author reviews issues such as: contact with wildlife and its immediate and long-term effects on psychological and physical wellbeing; the role of vegetation in removing health-damaging pollutants from the air; green roofs and green walls, which provide insulation, reduce energy use and decrease the carbon footprint of buildings; and structural vegetation such as street trees, providing shading and air circulation whilst also helping to stop flash-floods through surface drainage. Examples are used throughout to illustrate the practical use of vegetation to improve the urban environment and deliver ecosystem services.

Whilst the underlying theme is the value of biodiversity, the emphasis is less on existing high value green spaces (such as nature reserves, parks and gardens), than on the sealed surfaces of urban areas (building surfaces, roads, car parks, plazas, etc.). The book shows how these, and the spaces they encapsulate, can be modified to meet current and future environmental challenges including climate change. Improvement of low value existing greenspace is also covered to provide a comprehensive textbook of international relevance.

Contents

1. What is Green Infrastructure? 2. Benefits of Green Infrastructure 3. Green Roofs 4. Green Walls 5. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems 6. Doorstep and Curtilage Spaces 7. Inside Buildings 8. Street Trees, Hedges, Roadway Modifications, Plazas and Car Parks 9. Improving Existing Green Areas: Sports fields, Cemeteries, Allotments and Community Orchards 10. The Policy Environment

Author Bio

John W. Dover is Professor of Ecology at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK.

Name: Green Infrastructure: Incorporating Plants and Enhancing Biodiversity in Buildings and Urban Environments (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By John W. Dover. With more than half of the world's population now living in urban areas, it is vitally important that towns and cities are healthy places to live. The principal aim of this book is to synthesize the disparate literature on the use of vegetation...
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