Green Infrastructure: Potential Application in Urban Areas of São Carlos/SP, Brazil

By Gustavo D'Almeida Scarpinella and Siloto da Silva.

Published by The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability

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The Green Infrastructure concept, still in development, originates from a view of environmental sustainability in urban areas, which are often degraded by poor planning and disorderly urban sprawl. The case study used was the urban area of São Carlos, located within the state of São Paulo (Brazil). All public areas selected were analyzed in situ and also through aerial images (processed in geographic information system – GIS – environment). Next, the potential implementation of these environmental tools, exclusively to each area, was suggested. The connectivity of public areas (green or not), the compliance determined by the Brazilian Forest Code and the strategies determined by the government through its environmental legislation, served as data to the discussion and evaluation of the attention given to public environment in urban spaces (whether it has undergone significant anthropogenic interventions or not).

Keywords: Green Infrastructure, Public Areas, Urban space

The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 615.584KB).

Dr. Gustavo D'Almeida Scarpinella

Researcher, Research Group Urban Environmental Management, Center for Exact Sciences and Technology, Civil Engineering Department, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil

Agronomist Engineer, Master’s in Energy, Doctorate in Environmental Science, currently postdoctoral researcher at the Federal University of São Carlos, participates in a group working with green infrastructure in urban areas.

Ricardo Siloto da Silva

Professor, Research Group Urban Environmental Management, Center for Exact Sciences and Technology, Civil Engineering Department, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil

Holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning, and a PhD in History. He is currently Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Urban Engineering at UFSCar. Leader of the Urban Environmental Management Research Group. Background in Urban Planning and Urban Design, with an emphasis in Environmental Adaptation, involved with the following topics: Intra-urban indicators, urban planning, sustainable development, sustainability, analysis and evaluation methods and urban environment management tools.