Green Infrastructure and the Internet of Things

Green infrastructure is now a proven approach to managing stormwater in our communities, and one that comes with many co-benefits, including reduced urban heat island, improved biodiversity, improved air quality, and more. Internet of things (IoT) technologies like sensors, controls, automation, and network-connected devices offer the opportunity to create 'smart' green infrastructure, with improved performance and reliability, at a lower cost. This 'smart' green infrastructure can manage water in urban areas and improve food systems in agricultural areas, all while producing many co-benefits and helping us make our communities smarter and more resilient.

IoT Impact LABS and the Green Infrastructure Foundation (GIF) are partnering to demonstrate how using green infrastructure augmented IoT technologies can effectively manage stormwater in Massachusetts' South Coast and beyond. 

On August 10th, experts and stakeholders will gather for a field day, exploring the use of IoT technologies on sites in and around New Bedford. Then, on August 11th, teams will reimagine sites, applying integrated green infrastructure and IoT technologies. These redesigns will then be subjected to a customized cost-benefit analysis. This combination of visuals from the Charrette and cost-benefit analysis creates a compelling vision for communities to think holistically and implement these integrated technologies.

For more information or to participate, contact Rohan Lilauwala at
IoT Impact LABS' mission is to help small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) instrument their physical worlds with intelligence and intention for profit and resilience. We pursue this mission through a multi-stakeholder model that brings together those SMBs, physical world subject matter experts (SMEs), early stage Internet of Things (IoT) companies, and visionary Fortune 5000 technology and industrial businesses.

The Green Infrastructure Foundation partners with communities to shape healthy, resilient, and sustainable places using living green infrastructure.