Current Green City Studio Projects

Each year, the Master of Landscape Architecture candidates at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, (Cal Poly Pomona University) partner with communities as part of the Green City Studio – the students’ culminating experience for their degree.

In 2021-22, we are working with three different community partners on projects in Bell Gardens, Pomona, and the tribal territory of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. You can view past project reports on our publications page.

If you would like to learn more about the Master of Landscape Architecture Program, visit the department web site, or contact the faculty of the Green City Studio.

City of Bell Gardens, CA

Public Realm + COVID-19 Recovery Plan

Macy Dreizler, James Kingsbury, Lani Maclean, Ernesto Perez, Glynda Tucker

We have partnered with Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) on a just recovery plan for Bell Gardens, CA. KDI is a community development and design nonprofit that partners with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate unrealized potential in neighborhoods and cities. The low-income communities of color where KDI works have been some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, suffering high rates of infection and hospitalization, limited access to vaccination, job loss, and diminished educational opportunity. A just pandemic recovery plan has the potential to mitigate health, economic, and educational impacts, but also to address long-standing systemic inequalities in where and how parks, shade, streets, sidewalks and other elements of the built environment are designed and built.

Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians Tribal Territory, CA

Ecological and Cultural Conservation of Ancestral Lands

Robert Douglass, Neil Heacox, Hannah Kaiser, Eddie Meyerholz

We have partnered with the Tataviam Land Conservancy (TLC) to develop strategies for the conservation of ecological and cultural resources in the tribal territory of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. Their tribal area covers over 2,300 square miles, and includes much of northern Los Angeles County. The Band is an independent nation, exercising its inherent sovereign authority over its tribal citizens and territory. The loss of tribal lands poses serious challenges for the sovereignty and self-determination of tribal nations. Loss of access to sacred and cultural sites makes it harder for each generation to remain connected to tribal culture and traditional practices. In 2018, the Band formed the TLC to acquire and protect sacred and cultural sites.

City of Pomona, CA

An Advocacy Plan for Parks

Eduardo Baca, Carolin Khanlari, Mina Lai, Hector San Martin

We have partnered with Clean & Green Pomona, a community-based non-profit focused on advancing pro-environmental policy in the city, to develop a vision for parks in the City. The group has formed an agenda to support park development in the City, and has partnered with other community organizations, such as Conexión de Padres por la Educación in advocating for equitable park programming. Their latest effort has been advocacy for raising park impact fees on developers to increase funding for future parks, and urging the City to develop a Parks Master Plan, a document that has been lacking in the City for decades. In response, the City approved the development of a Parks Master Plan with the goal of completing and approving such a plan in 2022. This vision plan will support Clean & Green Pomona’s advocacy for a comprehensive, accessible, and equitable park system in the City.