Under Construction: Restoring Estuary Habitat in the Puget Sound
Witness efforts that brought together an unlikely group of partners to restore our estuaries.
Can nature and cities co-exist? As our planet becomes increasingly urban, the answer is yes! For nature, cities and people to thrive, we must connect all three through green infrastructure, access to nature and sustainable solutions to our biggest challenges.
In Washington and around the world, people increasingly live in dense urban areas. By 2050, 75% of the world’s population will live in cities. This migration brings challenges and huge opportunities.
One of the biggest risks is that urban dwellers feel disconnected from nature – due to lack of access or lack of understanding of all the benefits nature brings, regardless of where we live. Healthy cities require integration of nature both to enhance quality of life, and to help us manage storm water runoff, grow food and clean the air.
The Nature Conservancy is working in Washington and around the world to create vibrant cities that weave nature into everything, and connect people to green spaces, clean water and fresh air. We are rolling out science-based and innovative solutions that tackle pollution caused by toxic storm water run-off – solutions that will ultimately help clean up Puget Sound. We are connecting with a new generation of leaders who live in cities and value nature for all its benefits. And we are tackling equity issues that are becoming increasingly apparent in urban areas as climate change takes its toll.
Together we can create healthy cities where people and nature thrive together.
As our urban spaces continue to grow in density, we are faced with challenges that we can address in concert from Seattle to Shanghai. Bringing nature back is a key approach to making our cities healthier and more livable.
When you start reimagining what a space could be without pavement, then you can start seeing opportunities for how the space can be used in a way to benefit people and nature.
Attendees enjoyed inspirational stories of the boots on the ground projects and engaged in deep discussions of innovative projects pushing the boundaries of green infrastructure.
Two local public schools just received funding to support gardens at their school, improving their local environments and providing a local laboratory for environmental-science education.
Today at Cascadia College at UW Bothell, close to 200 green-infrastructure leaders from around Puget Sound are gathering at the third annual Green Infrastructure Summit
Stormwater management is one benefit of a new rain garden at Seattle's Pathfinder K8 — a stronger community is another.
We need to work together to begin solving the challenge of stormwater pollution to support the health of freshwater and marine ecosystems, including salmon and people.
A project demonstrates the possibilities when developers are motivated to go above and beyond to address stormwater management.
We are hopeful for the future of the Puget Sound. The Puget Sound Partnership is providing impetus for us and many others to seek new solutions for the sound's health.
Involving youth in environmental projects gives students the opportunity to experience the outdoors in new ways and become advocates for nature.
The Seattle seawall is no longer a flat concrete wall. Instead, it is a highly textured surface with crevices to promote food for salmon
The day to day uncertainty of being a refugee and immigrant can feel more manageable through the visceral feeling of smelling and tasting familiar food.
A novel program places military veterans with conservation organizations for benefits ranging from eco-therapy to green-job development.
We don’t think about space between buildings as being ours to shape. But like the white space on a page, the in-between stuff can offer a whole lot of impact.
How can we use nature to provide habitat, flood protection, cleaner air and cleaner water in our cities?
For green infrastructure projects to effectively uplift communities, they need to be driven by those communities.