Enhancing Environmental Sustainability

To enhance and expand green spaces within urban neighborhoods, the project will assist with the planting of native species at a few of the Community Gardens of Tucson’s locations. In terms of environmental sustainability, native, low water-use plants facilitate the “cooling” of urban heat islands as well as protect the valuable water resources of a dry climate. In addition, natural vegetation provides a habitat for essential and endangered pollinators (i.e., birds, bees and butterflies). Lastly, the incorporation of native plant species into urban spaces also offers social benefits as it helps create a peaceful, inviting environment for communities to enjoy.

Currently, the project is in the process of planting native vegetation at two of the Community Gardens of Tucson’s locations: the Nottinghill and Keeling Gardens.

Photo 2.jpg

Community Gardens of Tucson’s Nottinghill Garden, September 2016
Community Gardens of Tucson’s Nottinghill Garden, September 2016

 

Photo 3.jpg

Community Gardens of Tucson’s Keeling Garden
Community Gardens of Tucson’s Keeling Garden, March 2016