Nature Can Reduce Costs, Extend Life Of Infrastructure Projects


A new study by a Texas A&M AgriLife research scientist makes the case for natural infrastructure.

A newly published article could prompt discussion around adoption of construction designs and methods that utilize nature to cut costs, extend project lifecycles and improve ecological synergy, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.

The lead author is Rusty Feagin, AgriLife Research professor and ecologist in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and the Department of Ocean Engineering in the College of Engineering, both at Texas A&M University. In addition to Feagin, 23 U.S. and European professionals in various fields including engineering, public policy, construction and biology contributed to the publication.

Feagin said the paper aims to initiate conversations about sustainable infrastructure and the need for incorporating natural elements into projects.

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