FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
Authored by Eillie Anzilotti
“Trees are sustainability power tools: They clean and cool the air, regulate temperatures, counteract the urban “heat island” effect, and support water quality and manage flow. Yes, they look pretty, but they also deliver measurable mental and physical health benefits to concrete-fatigued city dwellers.”
This article consolidates multiple studies to argue that ‘Planting trees is an incredibly cheap and simple way to improve the well-being of people in a city. A novel idea: Public health institutions should be financing urban greenery to support well-being and air quality.’
Read the whole article here.
Published by Fast Company.
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK
‘Funding Trees for Health: An Analysis of Finance and Policy Actions to Enable Tree Planting for Public Health‘
Published by The Nature Conservancy
“As city populations grow, urban trees cannot be viewed as a luxury: Trees are an essential component of a livable community and a core strategy for improving public health.”
This report, the basis for our featured article, sets out to answer ‘the question of how cities can develop innovative financial structures and policies to plant more trees.’
Read the publication here.
VIDEO / PODCAST OF THE WEEK
‘The Science of Trees in Cities‘
Created by Municipal Equation Podcast
‘We enter a better kind of urban jungle on this episode all about the science and economics of trees in cities — way more interesting than you might think at first. Yep, there’s a big economic argument for more trees in our cityscapes. Our guests here apply scientifically backed dollars-and-cents appraisals to the trees that line our streets or green our downtowns. And they discuss tools you can access to tally such values where you live. And, yes, we also discuss the much-harder-to-quantify relationship that humans and trees have shared since the dawn of man — and what that means for city neighborhoods lacking in greenery. A lot to think about — and surely a few surprises — in the episode.’
Listen to the podcast and explore links to the research and ideas discussed here.