May 07, 2014

For the last 12 years, Century Villages at Cabrillo has been breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing permanently supportive housing at their 27-acre campus community in west Long Beach. While providing housing to people who need it most, their main campus is located in one of the areas in Long Beach most impacted by diesel emissions from regional goods movement. Situated along the Terminal Island Freeway (103) and only a mile away from operations at the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles, 16,600 vehicles and freight trucks pass by daily, releasing pollutants into the air.

In an effort to cleanse the air, and taking advantage of a Port of Long Beach mitigation grant, Meléndrez designed a 191-tree barrier along a 9-foot planting area next to the freeway in 2011. Completed in 2012, the area acts as a biofilter to cleanse air and water runoff. Century Villages at Cabrillo is again teaming with Meléndrez to add 91 additional trees to the urban forest to further help mitigate environmental concerns. The project is set to complete this June, with funding from Wells Fargo and the Port of Long Beach.

Read about the details on this project at http://www.longbeachize.com/century-villages-at-cabrillo-moves-forward-w....