The Urban Greenspaces Institute celebrates cities as great places to live and promotes the integration of the green infrastructure---our streams, wetlands, natural areas, urban forest, parks, and trails---as essential elements of high quality urban design. A vibrant, healthy green infrastructure is a precondition of building livable and ecologically sustainable neighborhoods, cities, and regions. Protecting, restoring and actively managing the green infrastructure preserves natural areas for fish and wildlife and provides access to nature in the city; enhances air and water quality; contributes to human health, fitness and psychological well-being.

If you have questions regarding the Urban Greenspaces Institute feel free to contact Institute founder and Director Mike Houck at or 503-319-7155.