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The problem we face

Trees and green space are vital components of a healthy community. Studies have shown how their proximity reduces stress and  chronic health conditions like diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Tree-lined streets and parks promote physical activity and improve mental health and social cohesion.

 

Nashville is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth—with a 45% increase in population between 2000 and 2017. This growth has led to a loss of trees throughout Davidson County.

 

Trees not only keep Nashville beautiful, but are a key part of our city’s critical infrastructure. As we grow, we must preserve our existing trees and plant new ones to maintain the green and healthy city we love.

Nashville experiences 25  more days over 90°F than its surrounding rural counties.

Nashville experiences 25 more days over 90°F than its surrounding rural counties.

Root Nashville Website

INCREASED RESIDENTIAL TREE COVER HAS BEEN LINKED TO BETTER SELF-REPORTED GENERAL HEALTH.

INCREASED RESIDENTIAL TREE COVER HAS BEEN LINKED TO BETTER SELF-REPORTED GENERAL HEALTH.

“Multiple Health Benefits of Urban Tree Canopy"

For every dollar invested in tree planting, cities see an average $2.25 return on their investment each year.

For every dollar invested in tree planting, cities see an average $2.25 return on their investment each year.

"Here’s How Much Money Trees Save in Megacities”

Ongoing Initiatives

Root Nashville: In 2018, NashvilleHealth partnered with Metro Government and The Cumberland River Compact (CRC) to launch Root Nashville, a campaign to plant and care for 500,000 trees by 2050. The campaign is designed to increase the city’s tree canopy and create a more equitable distribution of the health and sustainability benefits of urban trees.

Resources

Root NashvilleOfficial page of the Root Nashville organization.

Multiple Health Benefits of Urban Tree Canopy : Article on the health benefits of trees.

Here’s How Much Money Trees Save in Megacities: Article on the financial benefits of trees.