Climate Action Includes Urban Forestry
The battle against Climate Change will be won or lost in our cities. That’s where the majority of people are and it’s where most consumption takes place. it’s also where decisions and indecisions are made.
The days are hotter, sea levels are rising, extreme weather events are happening locally and globally. California is progressive in many respects in dealing with these impacts.
From AB 32 to the Governor’s Order S-3-05 and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, California’s cities and counties are creating Climate Action Plans packed with adaptation and mitigation strategies to help lower greenhouse gases and make suitable changes to adapt to climate change impacts.
Some areas are investing in urban and community forestry as effective climate change solutions.
We are developing a list of these leading Climate Action Plans (below).
Our hope is that these Climate Action Plans with Urban and Community Forestry elements will serve as examples for other communities.
- City of Albany,CA Climate Action Plan (U&CF starts page III-47)
- City of San Luis Obispo,CA Climate Action Plan (U&CF starts page 43)
- City of Portland, OR Climate Action Plan (UF&C starts page 12)
- City of Chicago, IL Climate Action Plan (Using trees and green spaces 20-23, 36-38, 40-43)
Also see this article: On how Chicago is using green spaces for cooling
Please send us your case studies about urban forestry.
These green spaces can help fight climate change, while making our communities more livable and more resilient.