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Urban Forestry, Parks and Tree Canopy


  • The Built Environment Atlas also shows Access to Trails and Parks and Tree Canopy coverage for Multnomah County. When we combine this data with the urban heat island data and then overlay a sample of 350 asthma cases in 2004, we find that the areas that get the hottest, also have the least tree canopy which also have the most asthma cases. Those include the Northwest industrial district, the airport and surrounding Columbia Corridor, along freeways and busy arterials such as 82nd Avenue, Sandy Boulevard, Foster Road and Killingsworth Street.
  • The Health Department recently created a series of maps in a document called the Built Environment Atlas, which is intended to help demonstrate which areas are high in health-promoting resources and which areas are low. These resources include access to farmers markets, grocery stores, and parks. The intent was to help shape policy so that we can increase access to these resources so that folks have access to healthy foods and parks and safe streets to walk, play, and bike so we decrease obesity and diabetes. You can find the atlas here.
  •  Oakland underwent a community-driven Climate Action planning process. They created a toolkit here.
  •  Green for All and Pacific Institute were involved with Oakland’s community-driven CAP process and are good organizations to know more about if you are not familiar with them already:
  •  Information on communities of color and heat maps
  •  We Minorities Care More About Climate Change 
  •  Metropolitan Area Workforce Agreement (MAWE) group
  •  The City of Minneapolis recently completed their Climate Action Plan and had convened an Environmental Justice workgroup, a partnership of local EJ organizations and City government. They produced a report to summarize their findings. That can be found here.

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