Urban tree canopy helps us stay cool as climate warms
Canopy cover, the amount of leaf surface area, drives the benefit of an urban forest. At only 20% canopy cover, Honolulu lags behind other cities and the gap is growing as our canopy is currently decreasing. Some cities that have mounted campaigns to plant trees, such as Pittsburgh, have achieved over 40% canopy cover.
Let's get Honolulu to
35% canopy cover by 2035!
Trees for Honolulu's Future: Growing Our Urban Forest
MARCH 9, 2018.
Tools and strategies from key local perspectives and skillsets shared by: landscape architects, developers, arborists, planners, and policy makers.
More than a conference – the beginning of a movement to reach 35% canopy by 2035.
What WE DO
- Raise public awareness about the benefits of trees
- Develop curriculum for schools
- Provide information to guide tree planting
- Increase public and private funding of tree planting and maintenance
- Identify neighborhoods with the lowest canopy cover and coordinate efforts between government, private and community groups to plan, find resources and plant!
What trees do
- Trees create shade plus use transpiration to lower temperatures up to 9 degrees
- Tree leaves trap dust, smoke and pollen, and absorb polluting gases
- Trees around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30%
- Honolulu receives a 300% return for investing in tree care!