Climate

More than 20 square miles of vacant land lie within Detroit city limits. The legacy of decades of depopulation and disinvestment, the vacant land drains the city’s resources and poses threats to neighborhood safety—but it also holds potential for outdoor recreation, job creation, affordable housing, food security, small businesses, clean air and water, and climate change resiliency.

Few American cities are more vulnerable to climate change-related flooding, heat, and storms than New Orleans. The Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities team is working with public agencies, neighborhoods, funders, and researchers to help New Orleans develop green infrastructure where it’s needed most.

This report outlines Boston’s urban heat island impacts, green infrastructure mitigation strategies, the results of a vulnerability analysis, and provides locally-specific recommendations for mitigation.

To help guide the next generation of greening work in Chattanooga, The Trust for Public Land employed geographic information systems (GIS) planning and research to develop a resiliency plan for the City.

As communities seek new strategies to protect residents, infrastructure, and quality of life, The Trust for Public Land is helping by bringing its nationally recognized Climate-Smart Cities program to metro Boston.

On a lonely stretch of beach in Olympic National Park, my family and I approached a bus-sized boulder. As we drew closer, we saw it was plastered with barnacles and sea anemones, sea stars in bold shades of orange and purple, and thousands of mussels... Read more

This study investigates the role that New York City coastal green infrastructure, such as beaches and marshes, played in mitigating building damages during hurricane Sandy in 2012. 

This study investigates the role that New York City coastal green infrastructure, such as beaches and marshes, played in mitigating building damages during hurricane Sandy in 2012.

With climate scientists predicting an increase in the frequency of such extreme weather events, planners must decide how best to prepare communities for the challenges to come. That’s where The Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities™ program comes in.

This study reports on the tools and data currently available to cities for climate change decision support, as well as the interests, needs and capacity of potential users within municipal government and among partner organizations.

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