Resilience/ Adaptation High Impact Actions

Action 30. Adopt, budget for & achieve urban tree canopy coverage & diversity goals GSC BP#16.3

  • Diversify trees on boulevards/city land GSC BP16.4 , Provide Incentives for Tree Planting on Private Property

Action 31. Adopt a Tree Preservation Ordinance &/or Model Landscape Ordinance for a Municipal Zoning Code (GS GSC BP 3.1,   topics covered include soil and tree health, biodiversity, water infiltration, irrigation, sun and wind orientation, parking lots, and industrial buffer yards

Action 32.  Protect public buildings and natural/constructed infrastructure to reduce physical damage and sustain their function during extreme weather events. GSC BPA# 29.5

City/County Coordinated Investments

Action 33. Expanding tree canopy through coordinated county-city investments – focus on equity & heat islands

Action 34. Integrating Resilience in infrastructure through coordinated county-city investments (Fed IIJA Funds)

Action 35. Update & co-implement County-Wide All Hazard Mitigation (emergency preparedness) & Natural Resources Plans with county, cities, community based organizations

Action 36. Address cumulative air quality impacts (and heat islands) in priority areas through City-County-Community Collaboration.

  • In areas with high asthma & heart disease rates, conduct cumulative air quality impact studies and plan & implement actions to reduce point source & mobile source air pollution, electrify busses & heavy vehicles, prevent highway expansion, mitigate air pollution through tree planting and reach out to households experiencing asthma to improve indoor air quality & boost health care participation.

Local Food Networks (BPAs 10.2, 10.3, 10.6, 16.5, 27.1 The Local Foods ordinance focuses on land use standards that protect food production businesses in agricultural areas under development pressure. The ordinance is geared to suburban and ex-urban communities where residential development and small commercial agriculture occupy the same area.

The Headwaters Community Food & Water Bill 

(HF2738) creates an inclusive economic resiliency program designed for sustainable living and provides the crucial economic infrastructure (public investment and policies) to:

  • Anchor every local economy in a robust regenerative food system (source to table food web)
  • Restore the ecological foundation for sustainable living and capturing carbon 
  • Establish and maintain effective partnerships between rural and urban communities (Sister cities and counties)
  • Reward practices that help communities live sustainably and nurture health and well-being 
  • Nurture the current and next generations of regenerative food leaders (source to table)
  • Provide an economic legacy capable of sustaining this and future generations