Urban greening plays a critical role in how we protect communities from climate change. Unfortunately, the long-predicted impacts of climate change are no longer just predictions. Over the past few years, climate change has already cause increased urban heat and worsened air quality, which impacts human health. And soon cities around the Bay will experience more frequent flooding caused by sea-level rise and erratic weather patterns. Preventing the worst of these impacts on our communities requires us to think differently about how our cities are designed and one of the best ways to make cities more resilient in the face of these changes is to rely on nature itself.
Through an approach called urban greening, nature can be brought back into our streets and public places where it can alleviate some of these problems, while also making our cities safer and more appealing places to live, work, and play.