More than 80 percent of the Pacific Northwest region’s population lives in urbanized areas. The Green Cities Research Alliance, based in Washington state’s Puget Sound area, is focusing on the social and environmental situations where people live, learn, work, and play. The alliance has several research and assessment projects in progress. The knowledge gained from these studies will be used to create sustainable urban areas and more livable cities. The Green Cities Research Alliance partners include the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station; University of Washington; Forterra; Institute for Culture and Ecology; and King County Parks and Recreation.