Green Infrastructure, Urban Forestry, and Agriculture

Overview of Objective

Green infrastructure, urban forestry, and local agriculture all work in concert with Richmond’s natural environment to make local landscapes more productive and provide benefits to local residents and ecosystems. The natural environment is important both for sequestering GHG emissions and for mitigating the impacts of climate change. Green infrastructure benefits flood control, water supply, pollution reduction, recreational open space, urban agriculture, and urban wildlife habitat. By better integrating Richmond’s built environment with the natural environment, the City will reduce its contribution to climate change while simultaneously preparing for impacts such as sea-level rise and flooding.

Implementation Strategies

Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage water and improve the overall health of urban environments. The CAP includes the following strategies for improving green infrastructure:
  • Support Urban Tree-Planting Programs
  • Support Local Agriculture and Food Production
  • Support Green Infrastructure and Streetscape Design

Tree Plantings by Type

Sewer Lateral Replacements

Rain, high tides and/or groundwater can enter older sanitary sewer laterals through cracks and gaps, which allows a large volume of water to enter the City’s main sewer line, and exceeding the intended design capacity. These events result in manholes overflowing, back-ups into homes and business and could eventually discharge (untreated) into the San Francisco Bay.
The City's sewer lateral ordinance requires that whenever a property is to be sold or there is a transfer of title, a sewer Certificate of Lateral Compliance” must be obtained. Each fiscal year the City allocates sewer lateral grant funds to be awarded for private sewer lateral replacement.  

Sewer Lateral Replacements

Public Rating of Storm Drainage

Climate Smart Cities Tool

The Climate-Smart Cities™ Richmond project is a collaborative effort by the City of Richmond, The Trust for Public Land, and members of the Technical Advisory Team to synthesize and operationalize the City’s planning, infrastructure, and information resources for the strategic prioritization of green infrastructure. The Technical Advisory Team is a group with over thirty members from agencies, city staff, and community organizations with expertise in climate-related subjects, and members gave input during the yearlong process to develop the Decision Support Tool. The tool can be accessed here.

Food Access

Along with a City Zoning update, Health in All Policies action items that support food access and food justice include the development of a healthy corner store food program, increasing of shelf space for fresh produce and connecting neighborhoods to healthier food options.
This map shows Richmond businesses with a grocery store business license.