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"Urban Trees As Public Health Solution"



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"Urban Trees As Public Health Solution"

BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI VIA FASTCOMPANY



Cities Should Think About Trees As Public Health Infrastructure:  Urban trees remove enough particulate matter from the air to slash up to $60 million in healthcare costs. Planting trees is an incredibly cheap and simple way to improve the well-being of people in a city. A novel idea "Public health institutions should be financing urban greenery to support well-being and air quality."
 
Think of a tree-lined street in the midst of a busy city. It feels like something of a treasure: hushed, cool, and sheltered from noise and sidewalk glare. These leafy streets cannot afford to be seen as a luxury, argues a new report from The Nature Conservancy. Trees are sustainability power tools: They clean and cool the air, regulate temperatures, counteract the urban “heat island” effect, and support water quality and manage flow. Yes, they look pretty, but they also deliver measurable mental and physical health benefits to concrete-fatigued city dwellers. So with evidence to back up all the benefits of urban greenery, TNC set out to answer, in this report, the question of how cities can develop innovative financial structures and policies to plant more trees.
 

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“We have to start talking about the systemic reasons why it’s so difficult for these sectors to interact–how the urban forestry sector can start talking to the health sector, and how we can create financial linkages between the two.” 



[Photo: New York Streets, Rivers and Places by Veni via Flickr(CC BY)]







About the author

Eillie Anzilotti is an assistant editor for Fast Company's Ideas section, covering sustainability, social good, and alternative economies. Previously, she wrote for CityLab.





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