Coastal Conservancy Urban Greening projects benefit from CNRA Grants

The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), parent agency of the State Coastal Conservancy, recently announced $76 million in funding for 39 green infrastructure projects through the state’s Urban Greening Program. Urban Greening projects use install nature based infrastructure in urban communities to reduce greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon, decreasing energy consumption and reducing vehicle miles traveled. The projects also convert built environments into green spaces that improve air and water quality and provide opportunities for walking, biking and recreation.

In 2016, the State Coastal Conservancy pioneered an Urban Greening grant round for Los Angeles county, allocating $11.5 million to 12 projects that:

  • Create new parks and improve existing parks and green spaces
  • Improve groundwater recharge, reduce storm water runoff and improve water quality
  • Help cool down neighborhoods with native plantings
  • Create urban greenways with bike and pedestrian paths
  • Improve recreation centers in park-poor neighborhoods
  • Support the restoration of the LA River

“Through these grants, the CNRA is allocating over $23.5 million to projects in LA County that will make an extraordinary difference in some of California’s most underserved and park-poor communities.” Said Joan Cardellino, South Coast Program Manager at the State Coastal Conservancy. “We have been designing and funding Urban Greening projects in Los Angeles since 2008, and initiated our LA Urban Greening grant round last year to catalyze exactly these sorts of projects, and we couldn’t be happier about this major influx of funding coming from the CNRA.

 

“Urban Greening is a relatively new concept for city planners and land managers, but I have no doubt that the projects we and the CNRA are supporting will quickly prove the value of these programs in terms of ecological indicators and direct benefits to communities.”

 

The Coastal Conservancy recently held a grant round for Urban Greening projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

To learn more about the State Coastal Conservancy’s LA Urban Greening program, visit: www.sccurbangreening.org

To learn more about the CNRA’s Urban Greening grants, visit: http://resources.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Urban-Greening-News-Release-Announcing-Awards-Final.pdf