by S Pincetl

Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 15(1):43-58


As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, there has been growing interest in improving the ecological sustainability of cities. Little attention has been paid, however, to how this might impact the way cities are managed and projects are funded. This article considers these questions through the framework of the Million Trees LA tree planting initiative. The history of the “sanitary city” is covered briefly to set the stage for a better understanding of the kinds of transitions that will be necessary for the evolution to “sustainable cities.” The emerging integration of nature’s services into city departments, the rising importance of NGOs, and fiscal challenges are covered. The author closes with suggestions for further research into this understudied topic.

Region: Los Angeles, California
Publication Type: Journal article
Keywords: case study, ecosystem services, governance, history, Los Angeles, policy, and tree planting initiative