Project #4684

Incentives for Green Infrastructure Implementation on Private Property: Lessons Learned

Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Mr. Jonathan Cuppett
Abt Associates, Inc.
Green Infrastructure
Source & Receiving Waters
Source Water Protection


Green infrastructure is a best management practice designed to retain, reduce, infiltrate, and/or treat stormwater runoff prior to entry into drainage systems. The benefits to both combined and separate storm sewer systems are reduced water quantity in conveyance systems, reduced peak flow, and improved water quality of flows not infiltrated into the soil and aquifers. Additional benefits include flood management, climate resiliency, improved neighborhood aesthetics, and providing economic offsets to gray infrastructure. In addition, green or sustainable building design is increasing to support water demand management and onsite management of stormwater through water efficient practices indoors and outdoors including water reuse.

This project identified successes and lessons learned on how green infrastructure, low-impact development, and, where relevant, green building can be incentivized on private property through retrofits or during new development and redevelopment beyond the minimum required by development ordinances. Published in 2018.

A video about this project can be viewed on YouTube.

This project was led by Janet Clements, Corona Environmental Consulting, LLC. If you have questions about this research project, contact