It’s the framework for a healthy, sustainable urban forestry program in your town. And the benefits are substantial.
Participation in the Tree City USA program helps residents feel good about the place they live and work. Annual recognition shows visitors and prospective residents that trees, conservation, and the environment are important to your community.
Trees and green spaces directly correlate to greater connections to neighbors.
Studies indicate that as few as three additional trees planted around each building in the United States could save $2 billion annually in energy costs.
Trees yield 3–5 times their cost in overall benefits to the city.
Properly placed trees can increase property values from 7–20%. Buildings in wooded areas rent more quickly, and tenants stay longer.
Many communities use the Tree City USA standards as a way to begin caring for city trees. Others regularly enhance urban forest management through improved ordinances, innovative programs and increased emphasis on planting and care.