Awards Publications

EPA Green Infrastructure Case Studies (pdf)
In this 2010 EPA publication, Seattle is one of 12 local governments for which a case study was conducted to look at how Seattle developed and implemented stormwater policies to support green infrastructure.

Rooftops to Rivers II - Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflows
This 2011 publication by the Natural Resources Defense Council further explores how cities are incorporating green infrastructure solutions to manage stormwater runoff. The report provides 14 case studies, including Seattle, from geographically-diverse cities across North America and outlines six key actions that cities should take to maximize green infrastructure investment while benefiting human, environmental and economic health.

Harvard Report on Conservation Innovation (pdf)
This report describes the programs that received the 2004 Innovations in American Government Awards from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Rooftops to Rivers: Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflows (pdf)
This 2006 publication by the Natural Resources Defense Council uses Seattle’s NDS projects as a case study to illustrate how to control urban stormwater in an environmentally sensitive way.

Building Better II: A Guide to America’s Best New Development Projects (pdf)
This 2006 publication by the Sierra Club highlights NDS as an outstanding solution to stormwater runoff and sewage overflows that threaten the health of drinking water.

Seattle: Managing Stormwater (pdf)
This case study is excerpted from Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons from London, a publication intended to help London prepare for climate change.

“High Point is Making News” (pdf)
Neal Peirce commends the innovative High Point Redevelopment, which includes the nation’s largest natural drainage system, in this 2006 article in The Washington Post.

Seattle’s High Point Redevelopment: Great Design, Healthy Community (pdf)
An application for the 2007 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. Seattle was awarded a Silver Medal.

Moving Toward High-Performance Infrastructure (pdf)
This October 2006 article in Urban Land explores earth-based landscape approaches to degraded water quality.

“High-Impact Innovation” (pdf)
This article about NDS and other low-impact development stormwater management projects appeared in the Civil Engineering journal in February of 2004.