Green Infrastructure

NCTCOG promotes the planning and construction of green or sustainable infrastructure in the region to help reduce carbon emissions, urban heat islands, and stormwater runoff. Types of green infrastructure include LED and solar lighting, permeable pavement, “cool” pavement, bio-retention drainage areas, and shade trees.

Green Infrastructure Resource Guide

NCTCOG completed a guidebook in 2017 to aid professionals in assessing choices for integrating green infrastructure practices into various transportation projects such as roadways, sidewalks, parking facilities, and trail projects. The guidebook provides costs and benefits of these green practices, local case studies, and key information related to long-term cost effectiveness, community improvement, and environmental impacts.  The following topics are covered in the Guidebook:

  • Energy-efficient LED and solar lighting
  • Green stormwater infrastructure elements such as permeable pavement and bio-retention
  • Green trail materials and “cool” pavements
  • Urban forestry and native plants
  • Local examples
  • Cost estimates

 Green Infrastructure Resource Guidebook (May 2017)
 Green Infrastructure Brochure

Local Examples

NCTCOG has funded a number of infrastructure projects through the Sustainable Development Funding Program that utilize green infrastructure components or strategies.   Below are some examples:

The Green at College Park – Arlington College Town, Arlington, Texas   Green at College Park
Location:  Public open space adjacent to the University of Texas at Arlington Lipscomb Hall, fronting Third Street, Center Street, and Mitchell Street.
Accolades: SITES  
Green Infrastructure Elements: Pedestrian walkway paved with pervious recycled glass material; bioretention drainage garden; and shade and paving materials with a Solar Reflection Index (SRI) value of 29 or greater to reduce the heat island effect.

Thomasson Square, Mesquite, Texas
Location:  Gus Thomasson Road between Moon and Karla.
Green Infrastructure Elements: Bio-swales with native vegetation in the median of the roadway to help drainage and filter runoff; bio-retention area between roadway and sidewalks for additional drainage and pedestrian safety; and shade trees to reduce the heat island effect.

Rendering of Thomasson Square

 Additional Green Infrastructure Topics