Green Cities Partnerships
Forterra created public-private partnerships with six Cities, including Seattle, Redmond, Kent, and Kirkland. The first Partnership began in Seattle in 2004 as a response to a report showing that within 20 years, 70% of Seattle’s forests (2,500 acres) would be considered “ecological dead zones” dominated by invasive species, dead or dying trees, and little wildlife habitat. We work with parks departments, public works, utilities, and other government agencies and community groups to develop 20-year strategic plans, achievable goals, and shared visions to care for the valuable forests and natural areas in our urban environments.
Each Green City Partnership has three core goals:
Ecosystem Service Markets (ESM)
- ect people to nature and improve the quality of life in cities by restoring urban forests and natural areas
- Galvanize an informed, involved, and active community around restoration and stewardship of our shared natural areas
- Ehance the long-term sustainability of urban natural areas by removing invasive plants and maintaining functional ecosystems
Our region's continued growth puts greater strain on our area’s natural resources. ESM help value the public benefits of clean air, water, recreation and economic contributed by these lands, and makes conservation more affordable for private landowners by providing economic incentives. Forterra is working with several other nonprofits and government agencies to foster environmental sustainability and conduct pilot projects that demonstrate the benefits of this market-based conservation tool.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Unrestricted funds make it possible for Forterra to continue our work creating community, conserving important land, making our cities and towns better places to live, improving access to healthy food, and so much more. As more individuals and foundations direct their giving to specific projects, we have a growing need to support the people and infrastructure that make these projects successful.
Forterra launched our Carbon Capturing Companies (C3) program in May 2012 with some of the biggest regional names in music, sports, nonprofit work, and business, including Pearl Jam, the Seattle Sounders, the Seattle Seahawks, the Seattle Mariners, Outdoor Research, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Woodland Park Zoo, Cherry Street Coffee, Glassybaby, Stream Real Estate, GLY Construction, CleanScapes, and the Seattle Aquarium. This unique group will voluntarily calculate, reduce, and help mitigate part of their carbon footprints. At present, C3 will plant more than 12,000 conifer trees mitigating 60,000 tons of carbon over a 100-year period. This program is growing in scale with each new partner and we are very excited to see where it will lead.