Sustainable Solano is planting 60 additional trees throughout Shelter Solano, a local Fairfield homeless shelter, through a grant from the California ReLeaf Social Equity Tree Planting Program.
The project, titled Urban Forest “Vision Solano,” is converting a 3.5-acre campus into a resilient, mixed-canopy urban forest complete with California native drought-tolerant trees and fruit trees. These trees are 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, and educational and job training opportunities for over 150 Shelter Solano residents. It creates a beautified shared space for all of Solano County to enjoy and learn from.
In 2018 and 2019, we are offering 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 the restoration of soil and soul, 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.
Funding for this project is provided by California ReLeaf and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program.