re:pave is design concept for coordinating and sequencing road repaving and other capital improvements with cost-saving strategies for expanding street-level green infrastructure. The RE.invest team focused on creating opportunities for integrating surface green infrastructure strategies, such as porous pavement, site grading, tree trenches, with other streets and parking upgrades. For example, designing surface parking areas to retain stormwater overflow can create multiple benefits at lower construction cost, while also tapping into street parking revenues as a source for repaying private investors who provide upfront investment capital.
re:inforce is a vision for transforming the way that coastal cities manage and upgrade their coastal protection systems. Currently, many seawalls are the responsibility of private property owners. When any property-owner fails to maintain their wall, their neighbors in the community are all more vulnerable to the next storm or flood. Repairing these seawalls is more cost effective when large-sections of the walls are built all at once to avoid creating unnecessary seams. The re:inforce concept focuses on comprehensive strategies and incentives for property owners to participate collectively in expanding coastal protection systems—including seawalls and natural infrastructure—and payback costs over time through property value increases and savings on insurance bills.