The Livable City: Integrating Green & Gray Systems

The Liveable City: Integrating Green & Gray Systems

August 1, TreePeople Conference Center, Beverly Hills
Urban forests are an important part of California’s cities. With the myriad of co-benefits trees provide, urban forestry naturally fits as a solution to many different issues California’s communities face. Through case studies, this workshop gave participants the resources and language they need to speak to potential partners in different sectors.


By the end of this workshop, participants were able to:

  • Explain how urban forestry can be integrated with existing or new infrastructure to create an improved approach to air, water, and public health issues
  • Identify potential funding sources that have not traditionally funded urban forestry projects
  • Combine efforts to reach shared interest groups in your area, i.e. utilities, AQMDs, school districts, health care providers


9:00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Senator Kevin De Leon
10:00 a.m. Water Projects and Trees Deborah Deets, City of LARobert Gutierrez, City of LA
11:00 a.m. Break
11:10 a.m. Community Building, Crime Reduction & Jobs Sandy Bonilla, Southern CA Mountains Foundation
12:10 p.m. Lunch
1:10 p.m. Green Rx: Public Health & Urban Forests Cindy Blain, Sacramento Tree Foundation
2:10 p.m. Energy Robin Rivet, California Center for Sustainable Energy
3:10 p.m. Break
3:20 p.m. Air Quality Aaron Katzenstein, Ph.D, South Coast AQMD
4:10 p.m. Closing Kevin O’Donnell, US Forest Service, LA Urban Center for Natural Resources Sustainability


Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire

The sample grant framework that Sandy Bonilla promised to share can be found here.


Green Prescription


Air Quality and Tree Programs


LA Center for Urban Natural Resources Sustainability


We enjoyed seeing all who attended! Thank you again to our speakers and to the helpful staff at TreePeople.