About Climate Safe Neighborhoods

The climate crisis threatens to make our communities hotter and wetter than they have ever been before, but not all neighborhoods within a city will suffer the social, health, and financial consequences equally. Many neighborhoods subject to government-sanctioned racist housing practices in the 1930s and 1940s are most at risk today for experiencing extreme heat and flooding.

Extensive impermeable pavement and sparse tree canopies increase the risk of flooding and amplify the heat island effect. Our neighborhoods do not look the way they do by accident, and the mitigation measures needed to reduce risk will not appear by accident. The Climate Safe Neighborhoods partnership brings together five Groundwork Trusts to explore the relationship between historical race-based housing segregation and the current and predicted impacts of climate change.

Groundwork Denver; Groundwork Elizabeth, New Jersey; Groundwork Rhode Island; Groundwork Richmond, Virginia and Groundwork Richmond, California are working closely with residents and stakeholders to organize, mobilize, and effect systems change to make communities more resilient to extreme heat and flooding.

Questions or thoughts about Climate Safe Neighborhoods?
Reach out to Cate Mingoya at Cate@GroundworkUSA.org


Richmond, California street art

Photo: Jen Fong, Groundwork Richmond