Building renewable power projects is only one facet of the fight against climate change and environmental inequity. Fortunately, there are many organizations dedicated to addressing different aspects of this mission. To celebrate Earth Month, this month’s Impact Partnership Spotlight highlights Trust for Public Land (TPL), whose mission is to create parks and protect land, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

Trust for Public Land is a leader in equitable access to the outdoors and works with communities to create parks and protect public land where they are needed most. Since 1972, TPL has protected more than 3 million acres of public land, created more than 5,000 parks, trails, and schoolyards, raised $84 billion in public funding for parks and public lands, and connected more than 9 million people to the outdoors.

This year, Invenergy is supporting a project in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood developed through TPL’s Equitable Communities Fund. This project will include the revitalization of the West Side Association for Community Action (WACA) basketball court at 1916 S Drake. This project is part of an initiative called Under the Grid, to transform a one-mile stretch of land beneath the CTA’s Pink Line into an art-filled green walkway. The basketball court is within a 10-minute walk of more than 9,000 residents and is also being developed as a community gathering spot.

The design of the space is heavily influenced by community members. Local high school students have been involved in the project since its inception and attendees of a March 2021 charette voted on different elements that could be included. Given the project’s sunny location, TPL is exploring using solar energy to power court lights.

Invenergy colleagues attend a Lunch & Learn with TPL for Earth Week 2022

On April 18th, we hosted a Lunch & Learn with TPL staff and learned about their Decision Support Tool, an interactive, web-based platform for prioritizing conservation investments and how this tool has made a difference in communities across the country. TPL experts also discussed plans around projects in their Equitable Communities Fund in Chicago, Denver, and Dallas.

Learn more about how Invenergy and our partners are making an impact at www.invenergyimpact.com