Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests: A National Call to Action
Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests: A National Call to Action is a nationwide initiative, spearheaded by the U.S. Forest Service and New York Restoration Project (NYRP), to promote and improve urban forests and green infrastructure in U.S. cities and municipalities.
In April of 2011, a national taskforce of 25 of municipal and state officials, national and local non-profit leaders, researchers, urban planners, and foundation and industry representatives were selected to participate in a three –day workshop. This report is the outcome of the workshop and highlights recommendations, rationales, and suggested action steps to help promote environmental justice; support urban ecosystems research; encourage cross-agency and organization collaboration in green infrastructure planning; suggest ways to grow a sustainable green jobs workforce; establish consistent funding resources; and educate citizens and youth to encourage stewardship and environmental action. Additionally, the report includes best practice models for each of these areas.