GreenInfrastructureSuburban communities now have clearer guidelines about how new environmental technology can be used to reduce storm runoff, flooding and property damage. A bill promoting green infrastructure sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton was signed into law today.

“As suburban infrastructure expands, more and more communities are forced to deal with the impact of flooding caused by storm runoff,” Cullerton said. “This law outlines cities’ unique, environmental opportunities to prevent property damage. They have the green light to go green.”

Cullerton’s legislation clarifies how suburban communities can maintain green infrastructure such as green roofs, rain gardens and other environmental alternatives to the traditional storm sewer network.

Many communities have already implemented similar programs on their own. The new law outlines what authority cities and villages posses.

Cullerton’s home community of Villa Park is already using a green model for runoff management. The village’s police station, built in 2004, has a planted roof to lower energy costs and reduce storm water runoff. The station’s parking lot is also paved with porous material and has landscaped drainage areas – called bioswales – to help filter and reduce runoff.

Chicago has already been recognized as a national leader in using planted, green roofs for energy and environmental efficiency.