Urban Greening Plan

The City of Watsonville received a grant from Proposition 84, Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 to help develop the City’s Urban Greening Plan.

The City’s Urban Greening Plan will identify and design many projects that will either address greenhouse gas emissions or help residents adapt to challenges posed by climate change.  Below are the elements that will make up the Urban Greening Plan for the City of Watsonville.

Urban Greening Plan Element How Element Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Citywide pedestrian and bicycle trails system Reduces burning of fossil fuels by encouraging people to walk or bicycle
Urban Street Trees Program Shading near buildings reduces energy consumption up to 5% and reduces heat island effects; increased shading reduces heat-related illness.
Community Gardens Reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with food transportation, increase access to healthy, fresh foods.
Plant palette and landscaping guide for drought-tolerant and native species Water conservation = energy conservation. Shading near buildings reduces energy consumption up to 25%. Eliminates use of nitrogen fertilizers which emit GHGs.
Landscape restoration projects Reduce heat island effects
Green roof and cool roof projects Increases carbon uptake and reduces heat island effects.
Stormwater features, such as use of cool paving materials in sidewalks and roads. Mitigates the effects of heat islands.