ABOUT THE GGT
WHY GREEN GROWTH?
HABITAT CONSERVATION RECOMMENDATIONS
GREENING INCENTIVES & ORDINANCES
GREENING SITE LOCATION DESIGN AND REVIEW
TECHNICAL & FUNDING ASSISTANCE
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North Carolina is facing rapid population growth: Between 1990 and 2000 our population grew by 21 percent. Between 2010 and 2020, our population grew by 9.4 percent from 9,535,483 to 10,439,483, an increase of 903,905 people. The projected increase is 3.2 Million more people by 2050.
See Section 1 of the GGT Handbook for details
This population growth is fueling patterns of land development that threaten our natural heritage and quality of life. Instead of concentrating development in town centers, major development is spreading into rural areas.
• Green Growth presents a way to prevent the loss of our wildlife and unique natural assets.
• The Green Growth Toolbox will help bridge the gap between scientists and decision makers—and enable us to cooperatively conserve our state’s wildlife and natural resources for future generations.
• By working together to apply the Green Growth Toolbox in your community, our economy is actually strengthened and:
Water quality will improve
Ecotourism opportunities will abound
Wildlife resources will be conserved
Natural heritage will remain intact
Quality of life will be enriched
Click here for a fact sheet on the benefits of Green Growth and refer to Section 1 for a full literature review of benefits and a list of cost-benefit calculators. and resources.
Link to scholarly articles about the economics of conservation development by clicking here.
Hazard Mitigation and Climate Resilience through Natural Infrastructure
Spread-out Development Patterns Are the Number One Threat to Wildlife in Our State
University of Wisconsin SILVIS Lab