Cities are on the front line of climate change. They can be an important part of the solution by offering energy-efficient living for our growing population—but they must also face the growing threat of heat waves and flooding. Our Climate-Smart Cities program helps cities nationwide create parks and conserve land to meet the climate challenge.
We help cities use parks and natural lands as “green infrastructure” serving four objectives:
Connect: Trails and transit lines provide carbon-free transportation and link residents to popular destinations and each other.
Cool: Shady green spaces reduce the urban “heat island” effect, protect people from heat waves, and reduce summer energy use.
Absorb: Water-smart parks, playgrounds, and green alleys absorb rainfall, reduce flooding, and recharge drinking wa-ter supplies while saving energy for water management.
Protect: Shoreline parks and natural lands buffer cities from rising seas, coastal storms, and flooding.