Mission

Depave promotes the transformation of over-paved places to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement. We engage communities and reconnect urban landscapes to nature through action-oriented projects, education, advocacy and stewardship.

Vision

Livable cities where people and wildlife coexist and prosper amidst clean air, clean water, robust urban forests, thriving local agriculture, and engaged communities.

Values

The Community — Engagement | Community | Empowerment

We engage and connect diverse groups through the experience of transforming lifeless places into vibrant, livable neighborhood spaces. Our community projects not only integrate the built and natural environments, but also weave a social fabric that inspires civic engagement.

Depave empowers community members to change their surroundings from pavement to thriving landscapes that bring people together, foster stewardship, increase safety, augment play and learning spaces, provide places to grow food, capture stormwater and add to the urban tree canopy.

The Environment — Environment | Stewardship

We implement projects and advocate for urban green spaces that reduce stormwater pollution and improve water quality; foster native habitats; cool our cities and mitigate the impacts of climate change; and create neighborhood spaces that are safe, engaging and beautiful. The changes we catalyze create thriving living spaces that inspire environmental and human connection.

The Way We Work — Teamwork | Fun

We achieve a positive, lasting impact through hands-on teamwork and collaboration. We love using our bodies to accomplish our transformations together – it is energizing, celebratory, and gratifying!

Rationale

The problem is concrete. Paved surfaces contribute to stormwater pollution, whereby rainwater carries toxic urban pollutants to local streams and rivers, greatly degrading water quality and riparian habitats. Pavement also disconnects us from our natural world.

The solution is clear. The removal of impervious pavements will reduce stormwater pollution and increase the amount of land available for habitat restoration, urban farming, trees, native vegetation, and beauty, thus providing us with greater connections to the natural world.

Objectives of Depave

  • Provide information, inspiration, and technical assistance to those wishing to remove concrete and asphalt.
  • Educate the public about the benefits of pavement removal.
  • Advocate to minimize and/or reduce the amount of impervious pavement in public construction and repair projects.
  • Promote responsible and creative reuse and recycling of concrete and asphalt.
  • Provide an opportunity for greater connection with the natural world.
 

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