American cities are growing in population and diversity. They also increasingly struggle with flooding, wildfires, drought, and heat waves; climate impacts vary by region. The “urban heat island effect” is well-known, and it’s easier every year to fry an egg on the sidewalk in July. It’s even easier in certain neighborhoods: marginalized low-income communities of color, especially those in larger cities, have less access to green spaces that cool surface temperatures, and so they bear the brunt of heat waves. Land trusts have done excellent work to protect ecologically important and sensitive lands at threat from development or resource extraction – but less so in urban settings. Access to urban green space sits at the intersection of social justice, community health, and climate resilience. Land trusts could be natural partners for urban organizations serving communities that historically have had less choice of where to live, have had less access to resources, and face the greatest climate impacts. With an interdisciplinary panel sharing stories and lessons from groups already doing this work, this session will give you tools to cultivate unlikely partnerships and set an inclusive strategy – and to make the case for why that matters to your land trust.