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Press Release:
New National Green Infrastructure Planning Book and Lecture

Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning: A Multi-Scale Approach, a national book, is now available from Island Press. Written by Karen Firehock and Andrew Walker, the book draws from their field experience in 20 projects in multiple states. They explain how to assess, map and prioritize natural assets as part of our ‘green infrastructure’ to help communities protect clean air and water, provide for recreation, reduce traffic and make better-informed decisions about where and how to grow. Read more...

A lecture and book signing event will be held Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at Troutman Sanders in Richmond, Va., from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Reservations and more information...

Press Release:
GIC Announces the 11 Winners of New Planning Grants for localities in Virginia!

The GIC is pleased to announce 11 Virginia localities have been awaded technical assistance for green infrastructure planning! The grant is administered by the GIC with funding from the Virginia Department of Forestry and the USDA Forest Service Southern Region. These grants will allow Virginia communities to create green infrastructure maps and plans that meet local needs and conserve the highest valued natural assets. Winning localities include the Counties of Albemarle and Grayson, a joint project for Essex and Tappahannock, the Cities of Charlottesville, Hampton, Radford and Suffolk, and the towns of Buchanan, Woodstock and South Boston. Read more...

Green Infrastructure Center Hosts Japan Ecosystem Society

July 3, 2014: On Friday June 27, the Green Infrastructure Center Inc. (GIC) hosted members from the Japan Ecosystem Conservation Society. They visited the U.S. to learn ideas that could be applicable to conservation needs in Japan. The Society is Japan's largest conservation group with more than 30,000 members and 100 staff. According to the Society's Executive Director Ken Yoshiya, "We have lost many species in Japan, even our most sacred bird the White Stork has almost disappeared." The Society's President Hobun Ikeya added that he loved seeing all the birds in America and noted that he lived in Tokyo, where the society is headquartered and could not see even one bird in the city. The Society wants to revitalize its cities to bring nature back and to also recognize that development can co-exist with nature if done properly. Read more...

: Awards

Please visit our project page to access copies of the latest project reports.

GIC Awards

  • 2010 Award for Excellence. Lewis Creek Watershed Award Committee. Staunton, Virginia. Award presented to Karen Firehock and the University of Virginia Fall Semester 2009 PLAC 5800 class.

  • 2006 Eldon Fields Wood Design Professional of the Year. Charlottesville Planning Commission. Charlottesville, Virginia. Award presented to Karen Firehock and the University of Virginia Fall 2006 Semester PLAC 569 class.

Contact Information:
Karen Firehock, Executive Director

Green Infrastructure Center,
320 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA, 24590-4996.

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Contact Information:

Karen Firehock, Executive Director

VA Natural Beauty

Society members appreciate Virginia's natural beauty.

Walking on Blue Ridge

Firehock leads a short nature walk on the Blue Ridge.

American-Chinese Chestnut

Warring explains the difference between Chinese and American chestnut trees.