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.
Last month, Microsoft employees came together with The Nature Conservancy to Hack for Good.
We are excited to announce the first six on-the-ground projects selected to engage communities in enhancing tree canopy in our cities and towns for the benefit of stormwater and human health.
The Community Steward program allows DRCC/TAG to draw on the strengths of residents while increasing stewardship skills and environmental-justice tools, transforming into a more well-rounded, healthy and sustainable community.
Kent Hillside Church is now home to 50 garden plots, four cisterns, a tool shed and blossoming community.
Today, close to 150 urban forest practitioners — including arborists, land managers, designers, municipal planners, program managers, volunteers and advocates — from around Washington will come together for this year’s Urban Forest Symposium, hosted at the Center for Urban Horticulture.
Know a tree project that could use some seed money? We are seeking projects that will enhance the urban forest canopy, with specific focus on contributing to positive stormwater management, human wellbeing and other benefits.
Learn about the difference a rain garden made for a middle school and a community. It’s now a centerpiece for learning and inspiring future conservationists.
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.