Supporting efforts to create environmentally sustainable, active, and healthy communities
More than 50% of the global population lives in cities, and this proportion is only due to increase. We have an opportunity both to rectify past environmental damage and improve quality of life by mainstreaming conservation and greening efforts in the urban environment. Urban greening aims to restore natural resources and habitats in and around communities, creating greater connection for neighborhoods to each other and their surrounding environment. Urban greening activities include restoring or enhancing forests, parks, community gardens, rivers and their greenways, bicycle and pedestrian trails, green roofs, green infrastructure, and open space. Research has shown that access to green and natural spaces provide mental and physical health benefits for urban populations, can provide habitat for wildlife, and contribute to ecosystem health and functioning.
The Luskin Center’s urban greening initiative has grown from its original complete streets area to a broader scope. The Complete Streets Initiative is a Luskin School of Public Affairs-wide program working to achieve more livable and complete streets for people in the LA region. More information can be found on the UCLA Lewis Center website.
Our approach to urban greening is cross-disciplinary, utilizing input from
academics and professionals within urban planning, public policy, public
health, architecture and design, engineering, ecology, safety and economic
Active initiative research areas include:
Other UCLA collaborators include:
Nicholas Chow, Water Engineering Project Manager, UCLA Luskin Center
Rebecca Ferdman, UCLA MPP Student ‘18
Forthcoming and recent events: