Recommendations Issued To Promote Green Infrastructure For Commercial Property

Washington, DC (June 23, 2015) — As communities increasingly make major capital investments in green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in public spaces, many are coming to realize that, to fully protect and restore urban waterways, they also need private landowners to manage more of the stormwater on their own properties. A new report offers recommendations on how to do this.
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Greenscape Of Jacksonville Is Speaking For The Trees

Jacksonville, FL (June 23, 2015) — “We’re the voice of the trees in Jacksonville is what it boils down to,” says Greenscape’s executive director, Anna Dooley. “We act as an ambassador for the tree canopy.” For four decades Dooley and her colleagues have been the custodians of thousands of Jacksonville trees.
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Green Business Certification Launches SITES Rating System

Washington, DC (June 10, 2015) – Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) has launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, a comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes, ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, and streetscapes and homes.
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Savannah Canopy Assessment Shows Continued Tree Loss

Savannah, GA (June 16, 2015) — The towering oaks, sweetgums, and magnolias that shade Savannah’s streets and squares have enchanted generations. They also save the county over nearly $600 million a year in air pollution reduction and stormwater infrastructure costs. But a new assessment of the urban tree canopy find that it’s disappearing at a rate of four acres a day.
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California Drought Forces New Outlook on Dying Urban Trees

Los Angeles, CA (June 12, 2015) — The unrelenting drought that has ravaged parts of California’s forest land is now taking a toll on the trees that line urban parks, boulevards and backyards. Across the state, trees that locals have come to love are increasingly falling victim to years of hot weather and little rain.
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Protected Urban Forest Blooms In Baltimore

Baltimore, MD (June 4, 2015) — Nonprofit Baltimore Green Space has reclaimed a patch of woods, once a vacant lot, as a protected urban forest — for the birds and local residents. The 10,000-square-foot green space is building cohesion and creativity in the community, as well as a much-needed dose of nature.
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Determining a “Dose” of Nature

Los Angeles, CA (June 4, 2015) — Studies continue to accumulate demonstrating the health benefits of spending time in nature, or even just looking at nature. In a presentation at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference, MaryCarol Hunter, a landscape architect and ecologist at the University of Michigan, describes her efforts to determine exactly what “dose” of nature is going to have the most impact.
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Miami Gardens Grows Greener With New “S.H.A.D.E.” Project

Miami, FL (May 26, 2015) — One hundred new trees were planted in the municipality of Miami Gardens as the result of the “S.H.A.D.E.” (Shaping Healthy, Active, Deep-rooted, Environments) project. S.H.A.D.E was created to expand the tree canopy and help encourage increased physical activity in the communities of Miami Gardens and Little Havana. The new trees in Miami Gardens will help shade a multi-use path that connects a school with a park.
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Are You A Tree “Volcano Mulcher”? Hope Not

By Paul Cappiello

Crestwood, KY (May 29, 2015) — Thanks to tree friend Paul Cappiello at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens for calling out the practice of “volcano mulching” and demanding an end to it. His article created a firestorm on social media this week. Find out what Cappiello has to say about the practice and why it’s so bad for urban trees.
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