Transportation is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the US, and trails can be a major part of the solution.

Alta’s trails plans and designs support adaptation and resilience by including trees and vegetation that provide shade and carbon-absorption capacity along with native habitat for animals and insects. By incorporating gardens and orchards in design, trails can act as community space and as a source for food scarcity countermeasures. They can also serve as evacuation routes for natural disasters, and can ease the impacts of extreme weather like fires and flooding.

Through the use of climate positive materials, and by providing more options for reaching destinations without a car, trails have the power to drastically reduce GHG emissions in our communities. Cities can address the impact of extreme weather while simultaneously making it easier to walk and bike by designing trails with multi-benefit solutions.