Economic Benefits

Trees offer financial benefits to urban communities in several ways:
Trees provide shade, reducing the amount of air conditioning required to cool a residence or business establishment. This in turn allows citizens and business owners to realize reduced energy costs.

Also, commercial areas that are shaded are more attractive to consumers, resulting in increased retail sales.

Furthermore, property values are higher in shaded neighborhoods when compared to treeless lots of the same size.

Ecological Benefits

Trees, by nature of their physiology, are natural air and water filters.

As a result, storm water runoff is reduced by a dense urban forest, and trees filter out water pollutants before the contaminants reach local waterways. Air quality is better with a dense urban forest because at the most basic level, trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen.

Social Benefits

A green community with plantings and trees is a healthy community. Additionally, a shady neighborhood has the appearance of a quiet, peaceful and safe neighborhood.

It is this appearance that often becomes a reality for community residents. Trees contribute to reduced vehicle speed on neighborhood streets.

Finally, a green environment is scientifically known to reduce stress, as evidenced by the fact that most hospitals maintain a small passive park or garden for their patients.