Create safer, cleaner, and healthier neighborhoods by planting trees in your yard, on your street, and in your parks, and schools.

Why Trees?

Canopy Makes a Healthy Community

The Greenprint invites our region's cities and counties to develop livable and sustainable communities by building the best urban forests.

Scientific investigations by a variety of nationally recognized research institutions have quantified a long list of tree-related benefits including improved air quality, energy conservation, attraction and retention of business, extended roadway life, water quality and stormwater mitigation, erosion prevention, dust removal, skin cancer prevention, summer air temperature relief and more.


  • 10 million pounds of air pollutants
  • $25 million in annual air pollution clean-up


  • 1.75 billion gallons of rainwater
  • $17.5 million in annual stormwater runoff costs


  • 30% annual savings on summer cooling costs
  • $50 million in annual energy savings


  • Increase in customers and frequency of business
  • 11% increase in retail sales prices

Real Estate

  • Well-shaded and landscaped yards and neighborhoods
  • 1% increase in home sale value

Shade Cover Adds Value to Our Region

Building an urban forest agenda begins by recognizing the pivotal role of canopy cover in the development of our communities. The Greenprint sets an average 35% shade canopy goal for our region based on the best available science.

Purpose and Goals of the Greenprint »