Necessity of Green Infrastructure
The Los Angeles metropolitan area is one of the most beautiful places in the world. And yet for many people, there is no place to appreciate the great outdoors. In a recent study of land devoted to parks in the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., Los Angeles ranked 17th and lagged behind all other major metropolitan areas on the West Coast.¹
The problem is most prevalent in low income neighborhoods, where parks and recreation facilities are nearly non-existent. It is no wonder that obesity, Type 2 diabetes, asthma and other preventable health problems are at epidemic levels in these communities.
This is why our AMIGOS work building parks and trails in vacant and neglected public spaces and our Emerald Necklace Forest to the Ocean Expanded Vision Plan are so important.
Our Urban Forestry efforts native plants are drought-tolerant and require little or no irrigation after establishment. They provide critical habitat in urban areas where biodiversity is under siege. Green space lowers ambient temperatures especially in urban areas where concrete and asphalt have the opposite effect. Trees and vegetation not only provide shade, they filter pollutants our of the air. A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 pounds per year and releases enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two people.MORE ABOUT GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE Benefits of Urban Forestry