A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.
We would like to invite you to submit your latest research in this Special Issue of Sustainability, “Green Infrastructures and Climate Change”.
The actions against climate change and its effects on society and the environment are oriented in two directions: mitigation, to progressively reduce the emissions of climate-changing gases responsible for global warming, and adaptation, to reduce the vulnerability of environmental, social, and economic systems and to increase their capacity for climate resilience.
Green Infrastructures (GIs) have been identified as ‘best practices’ in local governance when combined with traditional “grey” infrastructure to achieve greater urban sustainability and resilience. Moreover, GIs are being recognized for their value for adapting to the emerging and irreversible impacts of climate change. As such, some local governments have adopted GIs as a climate change adaptation measure, particularly as the strategies result in multiple other benefits.
GIs and their integration in urban planning appear as one of the most appropriate and effective ways to improve microclimate and face the impacts of climate change and mainly the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. GI forms include green, blue, and white roofs and green alleys and streets, green walls, urban forestry, rain gardens, urban agriculture (urban gardens; community gardening; collective green; peri-urban agriculture; agricultural parks), river parks, local products markets, areas of constructed wetlands, alternative energy farms, and nature conservation areas, among the most common, and adapted buildings to better cope with floods and coastal storms.
Cities will have the important role of adopting the laws and provisions that are necessary at the various levels, but also to ensure the best quality of life in urban areas. Climate impact requires the use of innovative solutions and the rethinking of urban management and planning.
Prof. Alessandro Scuderi
Prof. Luisa Sturiale