Green Infrastructure & Watershed Protection
1000 Friends is helping communities use green infrastructure for watershed protection and community revitalization in Wisconsin.
Leopold Green Schoolyard Project *NEW
1000 Friends is working with the school community at Leopold Elementary and a number of partners to create a conceptual plan for green infrastructure redevelopment of the schoolyard. Because Leopold School is in two watersheds (Lake Wingra and Lake Monona watersheds) this is also an important natural resources protection project in south-central Wisconsin.
Prioritizing Codes & Ordinances
1000 Friends worked with municipalities in southeast Wisconsin to help them clean up waterways by using green infrastructure. While we know that we can do a better job of reducing storm water pollution by using green infrastructure such as bio-swales and green roofs, many communities have local laws that make it difficult to use this green infrastructure. With our project we worked with communities to audit, revise and prioritize codes and ordinances that prohibited or inhibited more widespread use of this green infrastructure.
Building a Broader, Stronger Voice for Green Infrastructure
1000 Friends conducted workshops to help communities use the Green Infrastructure Decision Scenario Tool (GIST) – to show how green infrastructure can reduce flooding and basement backups, improve water quality, save energy and create jobs. Workshop attendees shared their ideas about priorities, opportunities, and possibilities for community collaboration in the KK River Watershed.
30th Street Corridor
1000 Friends partnered with MMSD to use significant green infrastructure investments as a driver for community revitalization in the 30th Street Corridor and surrounding neighborhoods – increasing the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of these areas.