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About the City Project

“The City Project [is] working to broaden access to parks and open space for inner-city residents and . . . to fight childhood obesity by guaranteeing that . . . students get enough physical education.” — New York Times.

The City Project received the prestigious American Public Health Association’s President’s Citation Award in 2010 for helping make public health and the built environment a social justice imperative.

Robert García has been honored as one of the 100 Most Influential U.S. Hispanics, “men and women who are changing the nation,” by Hispanic Business Magazine, and one of the 100 most powerful Latino green leaders by PODER Magazine.

The City Project has received the KCET Union Bank Local Heroes Award, and other national awards, honors, and recognition.


The City Project believes that all people should have access to healthy, livable communities. Our multicultural, Latino-led team works with diverse allies to ensure equal access to (1) healthy green land use through planning by and for the community; (2) climate justice; (3) physical education and schools of hope as centers of their communities; (4) health equity and wellness; and (5) economic vitality for all, including jobs and avoiding displacement as communities become greener and more desirable. The mission of The City Project is to achieve equal justice, democracy, and livability for all.

Read about the results we have achieved and download our Fact Sheet.

President Obama with The City Project's Robert García

In a historic moment, President Barack Obama recognizes that “Too many children, especially children of color, don’t have access to parks where they can run free, breathe fresh air, experience nature, and learn about their environment. This is an issue of social justice. Because it’s not enough to have this awesome natural wonder within your sight -– you have to be able to access it.” Green access is an issue of health and economic vitality for all, according to the White House.

Photo: President Obama discussing green justice with The City Project’s Robert García at the dedication of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument 2014