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Vibrant Communities | Trees are the Key

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Scott Ward

on 16 July 2013

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Transcript of Vibrant Communities | Trees are the Key

What makes a community
Inviting spaces
where neighbors can gather and kids can play.
Sustainable solutions
for fostering livable communities
and creating green jobs.

A clean environment
with air that’s healthy to breathe and water that’s safe to drink.
What do these things
have in common?
Our “urban forests”
are the vital link between what we think of as
“nature” and the cities, towns, neighborhoods
and communities where we live.
Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests Task Force
Team of 25 experts from a range of disciplines.
Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests:
A National Call to Action
Landmark report with 12 recommendations
that can be scaled to the specific needs
of any community.
Examining the Big Picture
When thinking about what makes a community
“vibrant,” the Task Force looked at a broad range of issues:
Health and social services.
Landscape design and architecture.
City infrastructure and economics.
Dozens of other factors that impact quality of life in obvious and more subtle ways.
Twelve Key Recommendations
The diverse mix of ideas from the Task Force can be implemented at many different levels.
Ensure that low-income, minority and underserved
populations have equal access to trees and green space.
The common
Promote environmental justice.
Encourage physical activity.
Provide cost savings to taxpayers.
Enhance personal health and wellness.
What can I do?
Get informed.
Get active.
Communicate the value of urban ecosystems.
Foster volunteerism and stewardship.
Create sustainable, green jobs.
Cultivate public-private partnerships.
Evaluate how different levels of government work together on urban forests.
Create plans to manage urban natural resources at the regional level.
Integrate federal green infrastructure goals.
Use trees to support energy conservation.
Establish national Vibrant Cities or urban forestry standards.
Encourage open access to and use of data on trees and green infrastructure.
Increase funding for research.
Who’s an urban forest advocate?
Mitigate negative impacts of energy use.
You are!
What do trees do for us?
Tasked with developing integrated approaches to meeting the challenges of urban life.
Advocate for implementation
of the Vibrant Cities recommendations
in your community.

Drive foot traffic to businesses.
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