Webcast: Exploring the Link Between Green Infrastructure and Air Quality

Host: Environmental Protection Agency

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT


In this webcast, speakers will discuss innovative research into the multiple benefits of green infrastructure, specifically projects involving vegetative plantings near roads and green roofs to improve air quality.

While green infrastructure can help communities manage stormwater, using vegetated systems like green roofs and tree boxes can also help improve air quality and reduce urban heat island effects. These practices shade building surfaces, deflect radiation from the sun, and release moisture into the atmosphere.  Additionally, natural features such as urban forests and vegetative barriers planted near roads, in parking lots and around city centers, assist in reducing particulate pollution and ground-level ozone, improving air quality and reducing cases of respiratory illness and other health impacts related to air pollution. More information.