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With the opening of the Expo Line extension last month and more on the way, Metro’s role in shaping Los Angeles has been on our minds. But did you know that Metro does more than build and provide public transportation?

TreePeople has partnered with the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to create Green Places, a resource toolkit to support communities in re-imagining and reinventing  their neighborhoods. The project is the result of months of work engaging dozens of experts, community organizations and Metro departments to create safe, healthy, livable communities that promote walking, biking and alternative forms of transportation.

The interactive website offers ideas and practical steps for implementing projects–from one-day events in Metro Park and Ride lots, to tree plantings and local water capture projects. Some ideas can be implemented by you and your community, while others require coordination between city and county government agencies. It even includes tools  to build partnerships and ensure that a project is properly maintained!

Photo via TreePeople

Photo via TreePeople

The project was funded by the California Strategic Growth Council through the Urban Greening Grant Program. We’re proud to support Metro and Los Angeles Department of Transportation in this work, which included dozens of organizations as members of a technical advisory committee.

TreePeople looks forward to our continued involvement as Metro helps Los Angeles transition to a more sustainable future! Let’s make LA green!

Want to learn more? Visit the Green Places website to start a project in your community.

This article originally appeared on TreePeople.

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