Trees bring a multitude of benefits ranging from decreased air pollution, stormwater runoff and extreme temperature days to increased property values, carbon sequestration and quality of life.
Many of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods lack adequate tree cover. GreenPlan calls for Philadelphia’s tree canopy to increase to 30 percent in every neighborhood by 2025. To support this goal, Greenworks Philadelphia sets a target of planting 300,000 trees by 2015. It’s an ambitious goal, but a goal we can strive for together as a City.
To achieve the very ambitious tree target outlined in Greenworks Philadelphia, the City will have to increase its own tree planting activities and work with numerous partners. On April 24, 2010, the Department of Parks and Recreation, along with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, introduced a new tree planting model in which everyone has a role to play to help make Philadelphia the greenest city in America. Citizens, neighborhoods, institutions, corporations, and the City government will all come together in a new way to “Green Philly and Grow Philly.”