The study’s report was prepared by a team led by RGME Sustainability Practice Manager Michael Bloom.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced the creation of a city incentives program to encourage the use of green infrastructure in private land development projects.
The incentives are the result of a one-year study commissioned by the City’s Recovery Office and funded by Houston Endowment. The preparation of the final report on the study – Houston Incentives for Green Development (IGD) – was led by Michael F. Bloom, P.E., Manager of R. G. Miller Engineers’ Sustainability Practice.
Mr. Bloom prepared the report in association with Keiji Asakura, PLA, and Abigail Philips, PLA, Asakura Robinson Company; Janet Clements, Corona Environmental Consulting; and Alisa Valderrama, Neptune Street Advisors. Numerous city departments and external stakeholder groups provided support, input, feedback and advice as well.
- Integrated GSI Development Rules
- Property Tax Abatements
- Award and Recognition Program
- Increased Permitting Process Certainty and Speed
In an introductory letter to the report, Mayor Turner said these incentives are “only the beginning” for the city’s green infrastructure program:
“I see the incentives as an integral part of my vision of a sustainable, safer, stronger and smarter Houston that will complement the goals of the City’s forthcoming Resilience Strategy, Climate Action Plan, and Harvey recovery programs,” he said.
The full IGD report can be accessed here.