Executive Order Targets A Greener Federal Government

Washington, DC (March 19, 2015) — A new executive order signed by President Obama titled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade,” guides federal agencies toward more sustainable government operations. The order includes planning for resiliency in the face of natural disasters and climate change, as well as implementing greener and more stringent stormwater management practices.
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Louisville Urban Canopy Study Highlights Tree Loss

Louisville, KY (March 25, 2015) — A first-of-its-kind survey made public by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer finds that the city is losing about 54,000 trees a year, or 7 percent over the past eight years. The report was commissioned to study economic and environmental benefits of trees, including improved air quality, heat reduction, and less storm water runoff, which causes erosion and triggers sewage overflows.
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Urban Trees Face “Survivor” Style Challenges

Omaha, NE (March 14, 2015) — A recent article by Nebraska Community Forestry Specialist Graham Herbst highlights new research in Omaha, NE that details the tough challenges street trees face. Most of these are a result of urban trees being taken away from their usual circumstances and placed in an unfamiliar and challenging environment.
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Des Moines Park Trees Deliver $370K in Benefits Annually

The Des Moines Register

Des Moines, IA (March 14, 2015) — A new inventory of trees in Des Moines Water Works Park find they provide environmental benefits valued at nearly $370,000 a year. The 1,500-acre park inventory is the first phase of a multi-year effort led by Tree Des Moines to count and assess the health of trees along the city’s streets and in city parks.
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Green Cities Key to Creating Oasis for Wildlife

Los Angeles, CA (March 13, 2015) – While cities are not ideal wildlife habitat, they are increasingly the only habitat. What is needed to make room for wildlife in an increasingly urbanized world? A recent column by author Richard Conniff shares seven ways to make cities more livable for people–and wildlife. No surprise, most of these involve more trees and greenspace.
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Santa Monica School Goes From Blacktop to Green Spot

Santa Monica, CA (March 7, 2015) — A local Santa Monica elementary school has partnered with ACTrees member TreePeople to turn a large expanse of blacktop into a greenspace for environmental learning and 15 new trees. While the new trees will offer shade, improve air quality and reduce runoff water, organizers are even more enthusiastic about the impact they will have on students’ environmental education.
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Local Communities Rally to Save Trees

Washington, DC (March 9, 2015) — A number of communities across the U.S. are focused on preserving local trees in residential areas, parks, and along roadways as they confront development or other land improvements. Here are two examples of communities in Houston and Vancouver that have had success. Plus, an ACTrees resource to help communities save local trees.
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2014 A Banner Year For Seattle’s City Fruit

Seattle, WA (February 24, 2015) — The 2014 achievements of City Fruit were featured in Seattle Weekly News, including the organizations ongoing efforts to preserve and protect the areas urban fruit trees, and harvest and distribute fruit to those in need. This past year, staff and volunteers harvested more than 27,948 pounds of unused fruit from residential properties in six Seattle neighborhoods.
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