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State - LocalityInitiative TypeLink Exit EPADescriptionDate
Arizona - TucsonTrees and VegetationTrees for TucsonUrban Forestry Program - Trees for Tucson began in 1989 as a program of Tucson Clean & Beautiful to encourage and facilitate tree planting in the Tucson metropolitan area using desert-adapted trees. The program is providing multiple benefits to the city, including higher energy efficiency, reductions in carbon and air pollutant emissions, improved stormwater management, wildlife habitats, and soil conservation. Nearly 70,000 trees have been distributed through the program since 1993.Active
California - Los AngelesTrees and VegetationMillion Trees LAMillion Trees LA - This cooperative effort between the City of Los Angeles, community groups, businesses, and individuals aims to plant and provide long-term stewardship of one million trees planted throughout Los Angeles. Residents interested in free trees can contact the program, which also provides tutorials and information on planting trees. Individuals and groups can also volunteer to help with community tree plantings.Active
California - SacramentoTrees and VegetationTrees and Air Quality


Strategic Tree Planting in Sacramento (PDF)
Urban Forests for Clean Air - In 2006, the Sacramento region secured a large Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program grant to support integration of urban forestry in its State Implementation Plan. The project, known as the Urban Forests for Clean Air demonstration project, involves the Sacramento Tree Foundation, the USDA Forest Service, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and the Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer and Feather River Air Districts. The project includes three phases: 1) initial estimates of the effects of the urban forest on air quality; 2) development of improved models to analyze these impacts; and 3) a final report on the findings. Under the first phase, the Forest Service's Center for Urban Forest Research estimated the impacts of trees on air quality using existing models and statistical analyses. That analysis predicted that one million additional trees could lower emissions of NOx by almost a quarter ton per day and particulate matter by over one ton per day. If trees that emit low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were chosen, ground-level ozone could also be reduced by 1.5 tons daily. The long-term goal for the project is to develop the technical support for a SIP revision that includes large-scale, urban tree planting as a ground-level ozone reduction control strategy for the Sacramento region.Active
California - SacramentoTrees and VegetationRebates - Shade TreesSacramento Shade - Since 1990, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has partnered with the Sacramento Tree Foundation to provide more than 350,000 free shade trees to residents in the Sacramento area. This program encourages residents to strategically plant vegetation around their homes to reduce energy consumption. Homes with an eastern, western, or southern exposure that heats up during the summer are eligible for this program. SMUD provides trees between four and seven feet tall (1.2–2.2 meters), as well as stakes, ties, fertilizer, tree delivery, and expert advice on tree selection and planting techniques free of charge. Homeowners must agree to plant and care for the trees.Active
California - South Coast Air BasinTrees and VegetationSCAQMD Projects

Complete List of Projects (PDF)
Support Urban Forest Management and Tree Planting - In 2006, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) funded a project led by the California Urban Forests Council to support urban forest management and tree planting. Expected benefits from the project include a mitigation of the urban heat island effect. The funds were awarded to SCAQMD from a settlement involving BP West Coast Products LLC for alleged violations at a refinery in Carson. A total of 18 projects, included the Urban Forest Management and Tree Planting project, were implemented by SCAQMD.Completed
California - StatewideGreen Roofs; Trees and VegetationCalifornia Urban and Community ForestryCalifornia Urban Forestry Program - This program is the lead for the development of sustainable urban and community forests in California. It provides information, education, and assistance to local governments, non-profits, private companies, and the general public that help to advance urban forestry initiatives. Through the program, the state plants an average of 10,000 to 20,000 trees a year. Local governments and non-profits can apply for grants from the program; eligible projects include non-traditional urban forestry initiatives such as green roofs. In Fiscal Year 2009/2010, the program funded a green roof project in San Diego.Active
Colorado - DenverTrees and VegetationThe Mile High MillionThe Mile High Million - Denver, Colorado aims to plant one million trees in the metro area by 2025. The initiative engages individuals, neighborhood associations, schools, nonprofits, and businesses through multiple tree-planting programs. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Trees for Energy Savings program will strategically plant 4,600 trees to shade homes and other structures to reduce energy use and lower energy bills for residents. Other programs include enlisting the help of partner organizations, educating students, and training community foresters. Other benefits of The Mile High Million include mitigation of the urban heat island effect, reduced stormwater runoff, and improved air quality.Active
District of Columbia - WashingtonTrees and VegetationDistrict Urban Forestry Program

D.C. Tree Planting Underway
Urban Forestry Program - From November 2012 to May 2013, the District of Columbia Department of Transportation's Urban Forestry Administration is planting 6,400 trees across D.C. as part of a $1.8 million program. Benefits include stormwater reduction, improved air quality, and lower temperatures. The District of Columbia Grove is part of The American Grove, a national online community created to engage and encourage citizens to plant trees, share stories and experiences, and protect the urban tree canopy.Active
Florida - Miami-Dade CountyTrees and VegetationMillion TREES MiamiMillion TREES Miami (MTM) - MTM is a communitywide effort to plant one million trees by 2020. Miami-Dade County created the Street Tree Master Plan as a framework to design and implement street tree planting. This complements the city’s landscape and tree ordinances and will help reach the goal of 30% tree canopy cover in the city by 2020. The program will help mitigate the urban heat island effect in Miami and reduce the city’s energy consumption. Other co-benefits include reduced stormwater runoff and improved air quality.Active
Georgia - ColumbusTrees and VegetationColumbus Heat Island Mitigation ProgramSpiderweb Project - The Spiderweb project is the first initiative of the Columbus Heat Island Mitigation Program. The project will convert an area of urban surfaces into a pleasant environment composed of seasonal vegetation and trees that will benefit the city beyond heat island mitigation. These benefits include improvements to the quality of air and water in the area.Active
Illinois - ChicagoTrees and VegetationLandscaped MediansChicago Landscaped Medians Program - Chicago has more than 65 miles of landscaped medians on arterial streets throughout the city. The Chicago Transportation Department plants trees and other vegetation in medians to reduce the urban heat island effect as well as to provide scenic landscaping.Active
Kansas - Kansas CityCool Roofs; Green Roofs; Trees and Vegetation; Cool Pavements Sustainable Skylines - Kansas Kansas City Sustainable Skylines Initiative - Sustainable Skylines is a locally-led, EPA-supported, public-private partnership to reduce air emissions and promote sustainability in urban environments. Greater Kansas City was chosen as one of the first pilot communities to implement the Sustainable Skylines program. Projects in Kansas City include: an idling-reduction campaign, water conservation and strategic landscaping projects, converting parking lots to parks, solar demonstration projects, a community forum, and a diesel engine retrofits partnership. Active
Kentucky - LouisvilleTrees and VegetationCommunity of TreesCommunity of Trees - In spring 2007, the Louisville Mayor’s Office and Metro Parks organized a consortium of agencies and organizations to develop a comprehensive approach to trees in the community. The consortium’s goals include establishing regulatory oversight of tree planting and maintenance, gathering information related to current tree canopy, creating a master tree planting and maintenance plan, and conducting an outreach campaign to educate residents on the value of urban forestry.Active
Louisiana - Baton RougeTrees and VegetationNeighborWoodsNeighborWoods - NeighborWoods is a program initiated by Baton Rouge Green, a non-profit urban forestry program in Baton Rouge that provides shade trees for roadway medians, parks, and schools. Each year Baton Rouge Green selects four environmentally underserved neighborhoods throughout the city in which to initiate urban tree planting. The organization provides information and technical assistance to local citizens to help them implement tree planting and maintenance programs in their neighborhoods.Active
Maryland - AnnapolisTrees and VegetationSee Chapter 17.14Annapolis Energy Efficiency Resolution - In October 2006, Annapolis, Maryland adopted a comprehensive energy efficiency resolution that included general goals and specific long-term targets for adopting a range of energy efficiency measures. One recommendation was to increase tree shading so that the city could sequester carbon dioxide, reduce the urban heat island effect, and lower ozone levels. In 2007, the city adopted a new tree protection ordinance as one step to protecting existing shade trees. This resolution also proposed green building goals, including adopting green building standards for public buildings, investigating incentives for green building construction, and developing an outreach and education program for the building community and government staff. The resolution also proposes increasing the urban forest canopy to 50% of the city’s land area by 2036.Active
Maryland - BaltimoreTrees and VegetationThe Growing Home Campaign


A Stewardship Success Story (PDF)
Baltimore's Growing Home Campaign - Since 2006, Baltimore County's Growing Home Campaign has provided $10 coupons to homeowners toward the purchase of most trees at local nurseries. Each coupon represents $5 of public funds and $5 of retail funds. In order to validate their coupon, homeowners provide information including tree type and location planted, allowing the county to integrate the data with future tree canopy studies. The county began the program as an innovative way to increase tree canopy cover as part of its larger "Green Renaissance" forest conservation and sustainability plan. In the first two months of the program, 1,700 trees were planted.Active
Maryland - StatewideTrees and VegetationSee Section 6.3 Voluntary and Innovative Measures (PDF)Maryland's State Implementation Plan - Maryland's State Implementation Plan includes a regional forest canopy program that aims to reduce the heat island effect. The program involves assistance and outreach to encourage tree plantings through the coordination of various state and local agencies. This program would be housed within the Department of Natural Resources and would be charged with management of a tree planting database and promoting outreach efforts to landowners and stakeholder groups.Active
New Jersey - ElizabethTrees and VegetationGroundwork ElizabethGroundwork Elizabeth - Groundwork Elizabeth, a nonprofit group in Elizabeth, New Jersey, works to involve neighborhood residents in community revitalization projects, including tree planting at local schools and parks. The organization was instrumental in getting the city of Elizabeth involved in New Jersey's Cool Cities Initiative, which aims to plant trees primarily in the large cities of New Jersey with low tree coverage.Active
New Mexico - AlbuquerqueTrees and VegetationUrban Forest Initiative Albuquerque, New Mexico (PDF)Albuquerque Urban Forest Improvement Initiative - The City of Albuquerque, New Mexico's Urban Forest Improvement Initiative combines multiple efforts to tap the benefits of urban trees. In addition to pledging to plant 2,000 trees per year, the city has hired an urban forester to design and manage municipal trees and commissioned the USDA Forest Service Center for Urban Forest Research to develop a Municipal Forest Resource Analysis. Completed in August 2006, the analysis found that Albuquerque received a benefit of $1.31 for each dollar invested in city trees.Active
New York - Saratoga SpringsTrees and VegetationThe Urban Forestry Project

Tree Plan for Saratoga Springs Taking Root
Urban Forest Project - Sustainable Saratoga, a non-profit organization, has been partnering with the City of Saratoga Springs to organize a volunteer effort to inventory the city’s street and park trees. The inventory will be used to develop an Urban Forest Master Plan, which will guide development and cultivation of the city’s street trees. Active
Pennsylvania - StatewideTrees and VegetationTreeVitalizeTreeVitalize - The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources oversees a project called TreeVitalize, which brings together county and local governments, foundations, trade associations, and private industry to restore tree cover in the southeastern part of the state. TreeVitalize aims to plant more than 20,000 trees in approximately 40 neighborhoods in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. The program targets neighborhoods in older cities, boroughs, and townships where tree cover is below 25%.Active
Tennessee - KnoxvilleTrees and VegetationTable of ContentsKnoxville Street Tree Master Plan - Knoxville Master Street Tree Plan surveys the existing tree cover in Knoxville and Knox County and develops strategies to preserve and increase the urban canopy. Knoxville has established guiding principles, designated preferred species of trees, and evaluated and implemented opportunities to plant throughout the city.Active
Texas - AustinTrees and VegetationTreeFolksTreeFolks - Started in 1989, TreeFolks directs many programs that help to grow the urban forests of Central Texas. One program in particular, NeighborWoods, began delivering free street trees in 2004 with a goal of reducing heat islands. NeighborWoods evaluates neighborhoods during summer and fall and marks areas that are available for tree planting. Residents who commit to planting and watering the tree for two years can reserve their tree on the website or by mail. The trees are delivered, with planting and watering instructions, between October and March. The program reduces the urban heat island effect by shading paved streets, and it helps residents increase their property values while decreasing their energy bills.Active
Texas - DallasCool Roofs; Green Roofs; Trees and Vegetation; Cool Pavements Sustainable Skylines - Dallas

Urban Heat Island Project
Dallas Sustainable Skylines Initiative - The Sustainable Skylines initiative is a three-year partnership between the City of Dallas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTOG) to promote sustainability within the City via voluntary programs which emphasize air quality improvements. The initiative has identified the following categories of potential projects to initially perform together: green buildings project, creating a greenhouse gas strategy, green taxis project, off-road equipment replacements and retrofits, renewable energy/energy efficiency outreach program, and an urban heat island project. The goal of the urban heat island project is to develop and implement an urban heat island program for the City of Dallas that will both decrease heated surfaces and increase permeability of surfaces in the Central City and other areas of Dallas.Active
Texas - DallasTrees and VegetationAdopt-a-MedianAdopt-a-Median Tree Planting Program - Overseen by the Urban Forest Advisory Committee and the Dallas Streets Department, this program aims to encourage more tree plantings in street medians to reduce the urban heat island effect. Adopt-a-Median allows groups to adopt medians and take responsibility of their tree planting and maintenance. Groups can either self-fund tree plantings, or by complying with city regulations obtain funding from the Street Department’s MOWmentum fund, or the city’s Reforestation Fund.Active
Texas - StatewideTrees and VegetationTrees for TexasTrees for Texas - The Texas Trees Foundation created a program called Trees for Texas, which is focused on tree plantings throughout the state. The Foundation partnered with a private corporation to provide initial funding for the program. Working with neighborhood groups, schools, churches, other non-profit organizations and municipalities, the Foundation provides and/or plants trees on public property throughout the North Central Texas region. Since its inception, the Foundation has completed hundreds of tree planting projects, resulting in the planting of over 139,000 trees.Active
Utah - StatewideTrees and VegetationStatewide Urban & Community Forestry ProgramTreeUtah - TreeUtah has launched a comprehensive initiative, the MetroGreening Program, that uses advertising, outreach, and educational workshops to promote proper planting and maintenance of trees to reduce heating and cooling costs, diminish the heat island effect, and achieve other benefits in Utah's most densely-populated regions.Active
Washington - SeattleTrees and VegetationSeattle reLeafSeattle Urban Forestry Initiative - Since 1996, Seattle's Neighborhood Matching Fund program has provided more than 17,200 trees to more than 600 neighborhood groups for Seattle's streets and parks, and the city has established the Emerald City Task Force, which advises the city on incentives and policies to encourage private property owners – residential and commercial – to improve their land by preserving existing trees and planting new ones. Active

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