The Urban Greening Grant Program funded through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) has awarded three competitive rounds of projects to date. The awarded projects through this program must show a net Greenhouse Gas (GHG) benefit and provide other multiple benefits to communities. Projects must include at least one of the following activities:
- Sequester and store carbon by planting trees
- Reduce building energy use by strategically planting trees to shade buildings
- Reduce commute vehicle miles traveled by constructing bicycle paths, bicycle lanes or pedestrian facilities that provide safe routes for travel between residences, workplaces, commercial centers, and schools.
In addition to the GHG information provided below, these projects will also provide community benefits such as stormwater capture and increased public health opportunities. The awarded Urban Greening projects to date will reduce greenhouse gasses equivalent to:
- Removing 10,133 Passenger vehicles driven for one year
- Removing 116,689,487 miles driven by cars from California roadways
- Sequestering carbon from 789,160 tree seedlings grown for 10 years
- Sequestering carbon from 387 acres of U.S. Forest preserved from conversion to cropland in one year
The Urban Greening Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.