Pittsburgh sees green in street trees

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Using i-Tree software to calculate the value of their street trees, Pittsburgh has found that urban forests translate into serious dollars and cents–filtering air and water, sequestering carbon, reducing the urban heat-island effect, boosting property values, and so much more.

Tree Pittsburgh found that the city’s street trees — strictly those planted in sidewalks and medians — provided $2.4 million worth of environmental and aesthetic value every year. Given the city’s annual expenditures of $850,000 on street tree planting and maintenance, Tree Pittsburgh concluded that the city received $3 in benefits for every dollar it invested in street trees.