City of Austin Green Infrastructure

Siglo Group was commissioned by the City of Austin to create and assess a spatial model of potential green infrastructure elements in the Austin Metropolitan area. The goal of the project was to utilize best practices for determining areas of efficient use (strengths) and deficiencies (gaps) of green infrastructure. The total study area for this project is 981,384 acres. Key Siglo Group staff for this project included Jonathan Ogren, Clare Coakley, Haley Wagoner, Dr. Jade Florence, Laura Brusson, Dave Pietruszynski, and Karina Gonzalez.

This work will create a common set of metrics for green infrastructure resources throughout the city. This project builds on recent city staff work to compile data and departmental projects, programs, and policies associated with green infrastructure. In addition, this work sets the stage for the creation of a Green Infrastructure Framework—or guiding document—that completes the work called for by the Austin City Council. Departments and offices involved and impacted include: Sustainability, Watershed Protection, Parks and Recreation, Development Services, Urban Forestry, Water Utility, Planning & Zoning, Energy, Transportation, Public Health, and Equity.

This project is currently underway. Upon completion, this work will create a common set of metrics for green infrastructure resources throughout the city. The results will guide implementation of green infrastructure policies, programs, and projects that more efficiently utilize available resources and address identified gaps.