Urban resilience and green infrastructure systems: towards a multidimensional evaluation

Adriana A. Zuniga-Teran, Andrea K. Gerlak, Brian Mayer, Tom P. Evans, Kevin E. Lansey

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Multifunctional and connected green infrastructure (GI) systems have been linked to urban resilience. Although there have been significant scholarly efforts to assess resilience and to evaluate the benefits of GI, it remains unclear the degree in which GI efforts enhance resilience. Following theoretical frameworks that study coupled infrastructure systems, this paper explores the state of the art on the contribution of GI to urban resilience from multiple dimensions: (1) policy - that promotes the adoption of GI, (2) performance - assessment of GI impacts on water infrastructure systems resilience, (3) connectivity - evaluation of human and wildlife movement through GI, and (4) social - community cohesion as a result of GI efforts. We argue that beyond their individual contributions to supporting urban resilience, the interactions across the various dimensions are key to enhancing resilience. Ultimately, participatory processes are needed to assess resilience originating from GI systems and avoid injustice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-47
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
StatePublished - Jun 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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