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TD Bank employees
plant trees in Jacksonville, Florida,
with Greenscape of
Jacksonville during
TD Tree Days and
National Neighborwoods Month.

by the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, trees planted to
shade the windows of a home can generate energy savings of up to 47 percent
(Heat Islands).
Trees have a known and quantifiable positive effect on both the causes
and impacts of climate change. A single tree stores an average of 13 pounds
of carbon each year, and community
forests currently provide the equivalent of $22 billion in carbon control
costs (Identified Benefits). Trees naturally reduce flooding and help keep
pollutants out of our waterways,
which decreases the need for costly
treatment facilities.
Inviting open spaces like parks also
help keep people healthy. A community designed with sidewalks and accessible green space has a dramatically positive impact on the amount of
physical activity people incorporate
into their daily lives. Investing in treefilled public spaces is an investment in
public health (A Bridge to Planners).
Combining all the positive attributes
of trees, one study in Baltimore, Maryland, calculated that each tree provides
about $57,000 in economic and environmental benefits over its lifetime
(Baltimore's Trees).
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While the dollars are impressive, organizations like Alliance for Community Trees demonstrate that trees can
play an equally important role in bringing communities together. Since 1993,
Alliance for Community Trees has
worked with groups across the country to plant and care for more than 15
million neighborhood trees. And each
tree contributes to the story of communities coming together.
When neighbors join forces to
plant trees, they are at the same time
strengthening bonds with one another
and participating in community building. When residents in a neglected corner of a city band together to unleash
the transformative power of trees and
parks in their neighborhoods, their efforts can serve as a catalyst to spark a
sense of community empowerment
that extends to other core quality-of-life
issues like schools, social services and
economic development.
Last October, for example, more than
26,000 volunteers got their hands dirty
during Alliance for Community Trees'
National NeighborWoods Month 2013,
planting 50,000 trees at events in all 50
states. More than 250 local nonprofit
organizations, public agencies and other partners in hundreds of communities
joined together to plant, care for and

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educate about trees. In all, volunteers
participated in more than 900 events
throughout the month.
Each year, the 50,000 trees planted during National NeighborWoods
Month are estimated to capture 21.4
million gallons of stormwater runoff,
dispose of more than 610 tons of air pollutants, and save cities almost $500,000
in stormwater management and air
pollution costs. In 2013, Americans
contributed more than 78,000 volunteer
hours during National NeighborWoods
Month, a value of $1.7 million.
Trees motivate volunteers to take action. Cities and citizens recognize that
trees are important capital assets that
provide tangible economic benefits.
That's why more communities are focused on growing and caring for their
city's tree canopy as an important part
of a sustainable future.
At the end of the day, trees are about
connections. All the trees dotting different parts of a city connect to make an
urban forest and collective tree canopy
for communities of all sizes. Similarly,
groups like Alliance for Community
Trees and NRPA connect through an
umbrella organization called the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition to advocate on a national scale for healthy urban forests and vibrant neighborhoods.
Equipped with the right information
and the appropriate perspectives, residents and policymakers can connect
to ensure that the trees in our parks get
the care and attention that they need
from us so that we take full advantage
of all the benefits they provide.
Trees and urban parks are the key!
For a complete list of resources referenced
in this article, visit www.parksandrecre
ation.org/2014/March/Healthy-Treesare-Key-to-Vibrant-Communities.
Carrie Gallagher is the Executive Director of
Alliance for Community Trees (carrie@
actrees.org).



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