Finding Community-Based Greening Projects.

April 28, 2009

In this month’s print edition of Sunset magazine, there is a great article about a family in San Francisco who started a great community-based greening project in their neighborhood. Knowing they were going to raise children in the city, near a busy road, they worked hard on slowing down traffic AND greening up their neighborhood. Block after block, more and more of their neighbors came out to help green up their streets. It really is quite an inspirational story, and one that I hope is happening across the country. At the end of the article, there are a few resources for finding community-based greening projects near you…if you happen to live in the west. (I receive the “west” version of the magazine since that’s where I live) Here are the resources they listed, for those of you living in the west!

Groundswell NW based in Seattle. Creates community parks and greens streets.

Intersection Repair based in Portland. Sponsors citizen-led conversions of urban streets into public spaces.

Los Angeles Guerrilla Gardening based in Los Angeles. Encourages residents to start their own gardens and help maintain ones in public spaces.

San Jose/Guerrero Coalition to Save Our Streets based in San Jose. Offers a downloadable DIY Median Kit with both San Francisco specifics and general tips.

Got a community-based greening project near you? Let us know about it in the comments!

About the Author:

After a varied past of being a test driver for automotive television programs, a Hollywood studio lackey, and an online media sales director, David is now the publisher and editor of The Good Human. In his spare time he rides motorcycles, drinks good beer, and builds stuff in the garage. You can follow him on Twitter at @thegoodhuman or G+ at Google
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Comments (4)

  1. Lori Whalen says:

    This is a wonderful thing! I just hope that people “greening” their neighborhoods are doing it with plants local to their area. Native plants provide habitat for animals and require less water as they are adapted to the region. Non-native plants reduce biodiversity, and reduce habitat available to native animals like birds and butterflies. Non-native plants alter natural landscapes, and increase the frequency and intensity of fires. Non-native plants contribute to species endangerment. 42% of the nation’s endangered and threatened species have declined as a result of encroaching exotic plants and animals. Non-native plants cost us money! Each year, the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service spend an estimated 2 and 10 million dollars, respectively, on controlling exotic plants. Even if we’re talking about urban spaces, those seeds spread! Native plants are definitely the way to go. ;)

  2. green LA girl says:

    Hey — I didn’t realize my local guerrilla gardeners had put up a website! Thanks for the heads up :)

  3. david says:

    Kim, the world is getting weirder and weirder. Thanks for the link. :-)

    Siel, I just found out too – 8 months after I moved from L.A.!

  4. Hi David – Ok I’m commenting on your site and talking to you on twitter at the same time ;-)

    There is a new publication in Philly called Grid Magazine about sustainable urban living. The current issue has an article about guerrilla gardening in Philly and it’s history.

    http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/redflag/gridphilly_200904/#/18