Site reports for three demonstration projects for sustainable stormwater management in Los Angeles.
Although cities consume huge amounts of natural resources and produce waste that is then converted into pollution, we can no longer write off cities as having nothing to offer the sustainability movement. Given the urgency of confronting climate change, rapidly increasing levels of respiratory disease in urban populations, the worldwide ubiquity of water quality and supply issues, and the compromised state of nearly every natural ecosystem on earth, it’s time for cities to lead the way and share our best-tested ideas for healing the planet. It’s also time to share what hasn’t worked.
TreePeople has a long history of utilizing evaluation of its events and innovations – whether tree plantings, speaking engagements, community workshops or youth education programs – as the quickest path to strengthening and improving our programs and the organization itself. In each situation, we seek to learn what worked, what didn’t and how to do better next time. This method has helped build TreePeople into a thriving community-based institution.
The integrated urban watershed management movement is still young, but there is urgency here in the United States and abroad driving adoption of these proposals and approaches. To bring these methods to wide-scale use means building, testing, demonstrating and learning from even more projects. Helping cities fight the causes of climate change and adapt to its consequences adds even more impetus. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified over $300 billion for nonintegrated water supply and wastewater projects for U.S. cities in the next 20 years. Those single-purpose projects will, for the most part, serve as Band-Aids without improving other related problems facing the cities that build them. (2007) By the Tree People, a Southern California non-profit.