There’s a new app to help assess, prioritize and plan urban trees to enable cities to maximize the positive benefits trees deliver.
Urban street trees slow traffic, provide sidewalk shade, improve air quality, and reduce the urban heat island effect–contributing to improved health outcomes for children, older adults, and those living in poverty. While air quality vulnerability varies between neighborhoods–and so does the presence of trees– new trees are rarely planted with this in mind. The new app Trees and Health features 13 cities to start.
The article all about it, “This New Mapping Tool Shows City Planners Where to Plant Trees” by Heather Hansman is on Smithsonian.com that tells how researchers at Portland State University have created an app that looks at tree density in respect to neighborhood, population and pollution.