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Growing greener infrastructure

The Nature Conservancy and global engineering firm CH2M Hill are partnering to turn gray infrastructure green.

Think of the grayness of cities and buildings -- concrete skyscrapers, plumbing pipes, asphalt roads -- all of which are manmade and not naturally occurring.  Green infrastructure, on the other hand, uses natural systems to meet the same goals, whether food production, air quality or storm water management.  For instance, a naturally occurring shellfish reef, with a little scientific help, can be used to stop storm-created waves from crashing ashore and doing major damage.

The partners are focusing on four diverse regions across the country to roll out the plan: post-Sandy areas of the Eastern Seaboard, the Great Lakes, the Upper Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico and the West Coast.

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