The impacts of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis
police officer and the injustices his death exemplifies are being
felt on our streets, in our businesses, and in every city and
town in California, across the country, and throughout the world.
In an area that lacked basic infrastructure, two mixed-use
affordable housing developments brought improvements including
new streets, drainage, and lighting. A complex mix of federal,
state, and city funding, matched with private-sector loans,
covered the costs.
Project Green Space is a robust urban forestry and green
infrastructure program convened by the city and driven by
residents. The program empowers community members to actively
reshape the future of their neighborhoods by adopting new trees
and planting and maintaining rain gardens.
Cities are grappling with tough decisions about how to balance
the essential needs of their communities with projects that were
planned to address energy, equity, and the environment. Despite
immediate and looming budget shortfalls, many cities are moving
forward with Climate Action Plans.
Seventeen cities in Alameda County are employing carbon farming,
which increases the ability of soil and plants to pull carbon
from the atmosphere and store it deep in the soil. Carbon farming
also increases water-holding capacity, reduces erosion, creates
healthier plants, and increases forage production; it’s an
essential part of a resiliency strategy.