The University of Redlands has worked closely with the city on several projects:
Natural Resource Planning
The City of Redlands and the University collaborate to facilitate natural resource planning and management. The University advises on fundamental technology infrastructure (geographic information system components such as databases, software tools) and protocols/procedures to support the city’s operational needs for processing development projects. The goal of implementing such a system of technology infrastructure and procedures is to ensure that developments meet the city’s natural resource management requirements in a manner that is legally, environmentally, technically and economically sound.
Redlands Street Condition
The University assisted the City in developing GIS-based tools and a field survey process so that Public Works could perform a condition assessment of its street assets (curbs, sidewalks, street lights, etc.).
Redlands Street Tree Project
The Redlands Street Tree Project was designed to assess the status of the City’s street trees, and to identify areas that needed additional management. Students from the University utilized existing geo-spatial data, applied field data collection techniques, and conducted spatial and statistical analyses. The resulting products identified heat sinks and cooling corridors, and estimated temperature layers for the entire city limits. These results informed policy making regarding the use of street trees to moderate ambient temperatures.
Emerald Necklace NRM
The University assisted the City in compiling data to update its vision for a Emerald Necklace - a multi-use trail system that would link a network of open spaces, parks and points of interest encircling Redlands. The Emerald Necklace was envisioned as a means to protect Redlands’ natural resources through resource-based development that would invigorate the City’s cultural identity and preserve its natural heritage.
The Redlands Institute and student interns often work with the Redlands Conservancy. We have provided support for mapping San Timeteo Canyon and Zanja Creek, and have assisted the Orange Conservancy in mapping the loss of Redlands’ orange groves from 1959 to 2005.
Crafton Hills Open Space Conservancy
The Redlands Institute works with the Crafton Hills Open Space Conservancy to protect and preserve the natural open space of the Crafton Hills. By producing trail maps and brochures, we help the Conservancy provide education about the Crafton Hills’ plants, animals, and natural history.