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.

Blue-Green-Grey Funding Program

The Blue-Green-Grey funding program focuses on breaking the silos between water infrastructure, the environment, and transportation infrastructure to help create and fund innovative spaces that combine these components. The goal of the Blue-Green-Grey program is to support innovative pilot projects that provide resources for cities and organizations to use to replicate these ideas throughout the metroplex.

(Click on the blue panels below to read more about the Blue-Green-Grey program and projects.  )

NCTCOG hosted a Blue-Green-Grey Environmental Panel on April 14, 2021 to gather feedback from stakeholders about the previously implemented funding program and awarded projects. This feedback will be presented to NCTCOG boards and used to develop a fourth call for projects in the coming months. 

Panel Presentation - April 14, 2021
Summary

Bishop Arts Bicycle Parking Retrofitting Project  Bishop Arts Parklet
The Bicycle Parking Parklet Retrofitting Project took place in the Bishop Arts neighborhood in Dallas. Funds were used for the development and implementation of an eco-friendly bike parking and public seating parklet in the Bishop Arts District in Dallas. The pilot project established a replicable green parklet design, suitable for mixed use and neighborhood walkable retail districts.


DART Hatcher Station Community Garden  
BGG funds were used for the development and implementation of a community garden located in an unused parcel in DART-owned right-of-way near Hatcher Station. The pilot project acted as a programmatic approach to create community gardens for areas designated as “food deserts”.


Green Bus Stop Design Guide - City of Farmers Branch    
This guide was developed by the City of Farmers Branch to develop a process and tools for implementing green bus stops as part of standard development processes. This guide highlights the City’s overall purpose and approach to a green infrastructure project, and includes general information on project site selection, bus stop design templates, and a planning/design checklist that can be used by other agencies and municipalities for developing green bus stops.

Southlake BioPod Burney Lane Reconstruction  
The City of Southlake purchased and installed a prefabricated BioPod biofiltration system as a test pilot project. The system includes water testing and monitoring to ensure its success. The City has created an internal dashboard to reflect all trends recorded since the project began.

University Park Micro-Detention Project  University Park MicroDetention Project Report Cove
This project consisted of the design of a new micro-detention system for driveways. The project included a CAD design that will be used by the City of University Park in a future pilot at one of their facilities.


City of Watauga Biofiltration System - Coming Soon!
Summary: Project features the installation of a new Biofiltration System at storm drain inlets on Hightower Drive, including new sidewalks, curbs, and gutters. The City anticipates completing this project by January 2022.


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

 

Resources