Regional Green Infrastructure Strategies and Tools


  • The importance and value of regional green infrastructure/open space systems in addressing larger goals related to climate change, equity, biodiversity, human health, and economic development
  • Techniques and tools for open-space planning at the regional scale
  • How to achieve better collaboration and use existing conservation resources more effectively


To sustain our communities, green infrastructure systems—the parks, trails, water bodies, agricultural and forest lands, biodiversity areas, and other open spaces—must function and remain viable at the regional scale. Unfortunately, jurisdictional boundaries, lack of coordination between conservation groups, and “siloed” programs prevent the necessary regional approach. The Central Puget Sound Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS) provides a unique example of how to address these challenges.

Learn about a compelling geographic vision for conserving and connecting open space across the regional landscape, proposed strategies to achieve greater intergovernmental/organizational collaboration and integrate green infrastructure systems into the comprehensive planning framework, and analytical tools for evaluating open spaces’ “ecosystem service” benefits in order to direct efforts toward most beneficial green infrastructure projects and advocate for funding. Ultimately ROSS will improve decision making and enhance the effectiveness of open-space conservation and enhancement efforts, from wild to urban. Learn strategies and techniques you can apply in your communities.