Green Infrastructure and Post-Disaster Recovery

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Paper 10

By David Rouse, FAICP



Green infrastructure is a network of natural areas and open spaces that provide multiple benefits for people and wildlife, such as regional parks and nature preserves, river corridors and greenways, and wetlands, as well as the urban forest and street plantings at the local level.

This briefing paper shows how green infrastructure plays an important role in preparation for and recovery from natural disasters. By incorporating green infrastructure into post-disaster recovery, communities can become more resilient to future disasters.


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June 1, 2014
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American Planning Association

About the Author

David Rouse, FAICP
David Rouse, FAICP, ASLA, is a consultant, educator, and author with over 40 years of experience in urban and regional planning and design. From 2013 to 2019, he served as Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services for the American Planning Association in Washington, DC, where he led the Planning Advisory Service, sponsored research programs, and special initiatives such as the Sustaining Places Comprehensive Plan Standards and Planning for Autonomous Vehicles. Prior to joining APA he was a principal at the planning and design firm Wallace Roberts & Todd in Philadelphia, where many of his projects were recognized with professional awards for excellence. David’s areas of expertise include comprehensive planning, green infrastructure, and planning for emerging technologies and other drivers of change. David and Rocky Piro co-authored The Comprehensive Plan: Equitable, Sustainable, and Resilient Communities for the 21st century, published in 2022 by Routledge Press.