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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:  http://www.pacinst.org/

Information on communities of color and heat maps

City of Minneapolis EJ Report

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.

A Pilot Project: Integrating carbon and equity outcomes in an affordable housing reconstruction project.

The City of Portland received funds from the Bullitt Foundation and the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Cities to support several components of the Climate Action Update Project work. The City of Portland sub-granted a portion of those funds to Hacienda Community Development Corporation. Hacienda Community Development Corporation worked with tenants and technical experts to identify priority components to integrate equity and carbon reduction in the reconstruction of Villa de Clara Vista, an affordable housing property. Hacienda tenants participated in three hands-on, multi-lingual workshops (Spanish, Somali, and English) that resulted in articulating priorities around lighting, facilities, safety, transportation, unit and community design including landscaping and recreation. A second key component of the implementation plan is the establishment of a core group of tenant advisors who will remain engaged throughout the design, construction and evaluation process.

The final report from this effort can be found here