Green Infrastructure: What A Beautiful Idea!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

The Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) hosted the Summer Quarterly Meeting of the Beautification Council of Southeastern Michigan (BCSEM) last week.  Councilwoman Cheryl Verbeke was on hand to welcome everyone and share some of the exciting things happening in Auburn Hills.

Representatives from 18 different communities attended to learn about the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)’s new Green Infrastructure Vision for the region.  Amy Mangus, Leader of SEMCOG’s Plan Implementation Team gave an enlightening presentation about the importance of green infrastructure.

Amy Mangus presents to the group on the topic of Green Infrastructure

Ms. Mangus explained that most of us think of our roads, electric, gas, water, and sewer networks when the term infrastructure is used.   These assets, often referred to as “grey” infrastructure, help a municipality function.  However, closely tied to grey infrastructure is a network of “green” infrastructure which includes parks, wetlands, and trees.  These assets are also very important to the economic health and vitality of the region.  Each community has a role to play in planning for, preserving, and enhancing these resources.  SEMCOG’s vision helps to outline a game plan for the future.

Riverside Park in Downtown Auburn Hills

Riverside Park in Downtown Auburn Hills

It was an excellent meeting and the BAC was happy to be able to host it right here in the City of Auburn Hills.