Articles by Cora Kammeyer

About Cora Kammeyer

Cora Kammeyer is a researcher at the Pacific Institute, and her work focuses on corporate water stewardship and California water policy. The Pacific Institute is a nonprofit water sustainability think tank. Our mission is to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges. To do that, we combine research and policy analysis with active outreach to inform water policy- and decision-making.

4 Reasons Why Urban Landscapes are a Linchpin for Climate Resilience

Replacing grass with climate appropriate plants (and irrigating those plants properly) can reduce a landscape’s water needs by 70-80 percent. During the last California drought, we saw homes across the state doing this, a trend significant enough to be clear on Google Maps. This was a big part of why California’s urban communities were able to meet, in fact exceed, the emergency drought mandate of reducing water use by 20 percent.