Climate-Smart Cities Philadelphia

Public, nonprofit, and philanthropic partners in Philadelphia are working together to create a more equitable, livable city – and the redevelopment of parks and public spaces is a key tool for advancing that mission. The Trust for Public Land is fully committed to redeveloping Philadelphia parks and playgrounds to achieve multiple benefits related to equity. Since 2012, we have worked with residents and partners to create spaces for community cohesion, education, play, and public safety. This impact is deepened when these spaces are built to include rain gardens, new trees, and natural habitat that all serve to enhance climate resiliency. This environmental focus is crucial to supporting equity, because climate challenges such as the urban heat island effect, stormwater runoff, and riverine flooding are often concentrated in neighborhoods of high poverty.

With funding from The Kresge Foundation and the William Penn Foundation, the Trust for Public Land’s national Climate-Smart Cities program is partnering with the City of Philadelphia and local nonprofit organizations to provide key planning and decision-making support to drive equitable green infrastructure implementation across the city and in particular at schools, libraries, community centers and other public spaces. The cross-sector partnership convened to implement this work includes staff from multiple city departments as well as community partners from local organizations. Together, we’re bringing cutting-edge science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) planning, and fostering collaborative networks to drive park, open space and green infrastructure solutions to help secure a climate-resilient future for the city of Philadelphia.



Our Climate-Smart Cities process bring together a team of experts to research, design, and build the infrastructure and tools that help increase our resilience to climate change. Our strategy is to: