The Green Edge: How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure Creates Value

Green infrastructure—water quality management techniques like green roofs, tree plantings, rain gardens, and permeable pavement—has been proven to help solve major urban stormwater problems and improve the health and livability of neighborhoods. Cities and others have promoted these practices to commercial property owners as a way to improve stormwater management and, in some communities, to reduce stormwater utility bills. But relatively little information has been publicized about the range of benefits that these practices, when used on private property, can provide to commercial property owners and their tenants—until now.

This issue brief explores how the multitude of green infrastructure practices can help advance the bottom line for the commercial real estate sector. It provides illustrative examples for specific building types, based on published research, as well as a summary of key findings from that research.