Esri Releases Green Infrastructure Planning Book

Publication Details Tools for Maintaining or Restoring Ecological Integrity for Healthier Communities

REDLANDS, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 9, 2019Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, today announced the publication of Green Infrastructure: Map and Plan the Natural World with GIS. The book offers a road map for planning communities whose design stresses the importance of humans and a shared ecosystem equally.

"We need houses but often 'grow' them—instead of food—on our best agricultural soils. We need clean water but often cover the tops of recharge zones with roads and parking lots," says one of the book's authors, Karen Firehock.

Just as communities manage their built assets, such as roads or buildings, they must also manage natural assets. Green infrastructure planning uses maps, analysis, and legal tools for land development and conservation consistent with natural environmental patterns. Green Infrastructure: Map and Plan the Natural World with GIS lays out how to go about achieving that.

Readers follow a six-step process to identify, evaluate, and prioritize the areas deemed critical to preserving a healthy community. Equipped with this logical and iterative process, GIS modelers and analysts, land planners, landscape designers, ecologists, and other professionals can begin crafting accurate, data-driven maps that better facilitate local planning.

Green Infrastructure: Map and Plan the Natural World with GIS provides examples of how to use data to create custom maps to meet existing local needs. The book also includes methods readers can employ to create maps in areas that may not yet have a model.

Green Infrastructure: Map and Plan the Natural World with GIS is available in print (ISBN: 9781589484863, 282 pages, US$49.99) and as an e-book (ISBN: 9781589484924, US$49.99). Both editions can be obtained from most online retailers worldwide. The print edition is also available for purchase at or by calling 1-800-447-9778. If outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, offers the most powerful geospatial cloud available, to help customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including 90 of the Fortune 100 companies, all 50 state governments, more than half of all counties (large and small), and 87 of the Forbes Top 100 Colleges in the U.S., as well as all 15 Executive Departments of the U.S. Government and dozens of independent agencies. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at

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