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China Breaks Ground on First “Forest City” that Fights Air Pollution

A pollution-fighting green city unlike any before is springing to life in China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the first “Forest City” is now under construction Liuzhou, Guangxi Province. The futuristic city will use renewable energy for self sufficiency and be blanketed in almost 1 million plants and 40,000 trees—a sea of greenery capable of absorbing nearly 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants annually. Read more  ... Read more

Treepedia

This interactive website uses Google Street View data to measure the urban “Green Canopy,” or the aboveground portion of trees and vegetation in cities around the world. Treepedia allows city dwellers to view the location and size of trees within their communities, and a future iteration of the website will allow users to submit input to help tag, track, and advocate for more such trees in their cities. Learn more... Read more

Two New Tools for Planning a Healthy Urban Canopy

Trees are a vital part of urban communities, providing social, environmental and economic benefits. However, the urban environment is a difficult one for most trees. The U.S. Forest Service has developed two new tools to help plan for and manage a healthy urban forest: one that guides designers and tree managers to select tree species likely to survive in the built environment, and another to monitor tree health to ensure trees become an asset instead of a liability. Read more... Read more

Sustainability with Trees: Community Canopy Project

In this webinar, learn how a community canopy project focused on distributing trees can fit with your sustainability efforts, help maximize energy efficiency, and engage homeowners within your community. Kristen Bousquet from the Arbor Day Foundation and program partner Ian Jurgensen, with the city of Orlando, will discuss how tree distribution to homeowners creates an opportunity to interact positively with your community. Register now... Read more

When It Comes to Walkability, Mexico City Is Miles Ahead

Mexico City is a city of wide sidewalks and integrated bike lanes, lush parks and cool street tree canopies, and dense, mixed-use urban neighborhoods. As a matter of fact, nearly every neighborhood within Mexico City’s giant ring road—the Circuito Interior—has a walkscore above 95. Many major U.S. cities lack even one neighborhood with such a high score. Even on the outer fringe of Mexico’s sprawling Distrito Federal, neighborhoods often have walkscores upwards of 70, qualifying as “very walkable.” What makes... Read more

Research Shows Trees in Bioswales Provide Significant Stormwater Benefits

When we talk about the value of urban trees and soils as a stormwater management tool, the contribution of the trees is often considered secondary. Soil will, of course, store significant amounts of runoff all on its own. However, new research at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, has found that trees actually provided the largest proportion of their bioswales’ stormwater benefits, and trees also provide many other benefits soil alone does not. Read more... Read more
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