Urban Forest

We are pleased to announce that Sustainable Solano has received a grant from the California ReLeaf Social Equity Tree Planting Program that will fund the planting of 60 additional trees throughout Mission Solano, a local Fairfield homeless shelter.

The project titled “Urban Forest”, will convert a 3.5 acre campus into a resilient, mixed-canopy urban forest complete with California Native drought-tolerant trees and fruit trees. These trees will be fed through secondary water sources such as a laundry-to-landscape greywater system, rain barrels and roof water where possible. This urban forestry project will provide greenhouse gas reduction benefits, healthy “zero-carbon” produce, educational and job training opportunities for over 150 Mission Solano residents and a beautified shared space for all of Solano County to enjoy and learn from.

Closing out 2018, we will offer a series of hands-on workshops, free and open to all, where community members can help participate in the creation of this urban forest that will serve as a living lab on the campus: a teaching ground on sustainable landscaping practices and urban forestry for local communities.

Long-term benefits of this project will include soil and soul restoration, water and energy conservation and groundwater recharge. We are thrilled to create a place of peace and beauty for the most vulnerable members of our community.