Urban Greening Plan

The City's Urban Greening Plan (PDF) was developed in 2006 to identify and design projects that address greenhouse gas emissions or help residents adapt to challenges posed climate change. The Urban Greening Plan is composed of six key elements:
Urban Greening Plan Element How Element Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Citywide pedestrian and bicycle trails system                                                    
The City developed a Trails and Bicycle Master Plan (PDF) to reduce burning of fossil fuels by encouraging people to walk or bicycle
Urban Street Trees Program (PDF)
Urban tree plantings provide benefits such as absorbing carbon dioxide helping to slow climate change, improving air quality, reducing energy use in nearby building by up to 5% year round, absorbing storm water to limit pollution to our waterways, slowing traffic by 4-7 miles per hour, reduces crime by nearly 50%, and increasing home values.
Community Gardens (PDF)
Reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with food transportation, increase access to healthy, fresh foods.
Plant palette and Landscaping Guidelines and Policies (PDF) for drought-tolerant and native species This program introduces sustainable landscape practices for private and public property with the goal of water conservation, energy conservation, protection of waterways, creation of habitat and reduction of nitrogen fertilizers which emit GHGs.
Landscape restoration projects
Reduce heat island effects
Green Roof (PDF) and cool roof projects
The City developed Green Roof Design Criteria. Green roofs increase carbon uptake, support stormwater pollution prevention by reducing runoff, reduce heat island effects, an increase air quality.
Stormwater features, such as use of cool paving materials in sidewalks and roads. Mitigates the effects of heat islands and protects water quality.