Delivering Urban Resilience: Costs and Benefits of Smart Surfaces

In American cities, green design continues to expand its influence. Solar panels, porous pavement, and green roofs are all catching on as ways for developers to reduce environmental impacts of buildings. But what happens when these features and other smart surface design elements are deployed throughout a neighborhood, or even an entire city?

Delivering Urban Resilience is the first report to comprehensively quantify the costs and benefits of smart on a community scale. Authors Greg Kats and Keith Glassbrook of Capital-Ebillions make a convincing arguement that cities stand to gain billions through improved water management, energy efficiency, economic competitiveness, public health and even disaster mitigation.

Read the report summary on in the left side of this page or check out the Cities Speak blog for more

Program Director, Sustainable Cities Institute
Delivering Urban Resilience Report Cover
Delivering Urban Resilience Report Cover