Work with Oakland institutions and student organizations to establish and implement a de-lawning campaign that converts campus and public lands into more habitat welcoming spaces.

  • Oakland institutions have a great opportunity to convert large areas of grass to native plants that support pollinator species. Some of this is embedded in institutional master plans and ongoing initiatives but has yet to happen.
  • Oakland also benefits from expertise at Phipps that could be brought to bear and support actors at different levels in this work.
  • Students have shown a strong interest in all environmental and sustainability conversations in the planning process and would likely be interested in programs that seek to make their neighborhood a healthier environment for pollinator species.
  • Create wildlife habitat opportunities outside of the greenways by increasing pollinator friendly plants in the neighborhood on campus, on public lands, and by working with property owners on their lands.
  • Develop educational material with Phipps and students organization.
  • Develop a “butterfly angel” program on the concept of city programs “snow angels” and “City cuts” to help establish and maintain pollinator friendly landscapes.
  • Work with Phipps and local nurseries to develop guidelines and provide plants for homeowners to replace lawns and paved areas with native plants. This could expand on the annual plant sale that Phipps already runs.
  • Include guidance for disconnecting downspouts to manage rainwater on-site and work to link up with grant opportunities to cover costs.

When to start: 0-2 years

Duration: Ongoing

Estimated costs: $ (out of $$$$)

Project lead(s): DCP, DPW, Phipps, CMP

Project partner(s): OPDC, OBID, institutions, neighborhood associations

Potential funding source(s): Grants

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