Taking the High Road to More and Better Infrastructure in the United States

Issue Paper
July 20, 2016

Watch the video "High Road Infrastructure: Forging a New Vision," where the NRDC team explores the High Road approach and Corvias Solutions and Prince Georges County discuss their innovative Clean Water Partnership.

We can no longer treat infrastructure like an ongoing crisis in America, waiting for the next failure to spur development of projects with little consideration of community needs. Rather, we should see this as an opportunity not to be missed. Under a new vision called High Road Infrastructure, priority is placed on infrastructure projects that also deliver numerous economic, social and environmental benefits—such as jobs, improved mobility and climate resiliency.

In the first in a series of issue papers, we provide an overview of this holistic approach, demonstrating how taking the High Road helps create consensus among government, citizens and investors by ensuring infrastructure investments reflect the long-term needs of the communities they are meant to serve.