TreeVitalize Pittsburgh 2011

Alcoa Foundation and American Forests are working with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to plant 3,863 trees across Pittsburgh.

Project Location:
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Key Activities:

  • Planting 3,863 trees across the city
  • Enhancing an urban forest for the well-being of residents

Project Description:
Alcoa Foundation and American Forests are working with TreeVitalize Pittsburgh and other departments of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to plant 3,863 trees across Pittsburgh.

Why This Project:
This project is focused on increasing the number of street trees — trees located on the strip of land between a roadway and a sidewalk — in Pittsburgh to enhance the ecological benefits derived from a healthy urban forest. These benefits include air and water filtration, water management, shading and cooling effects, increased community cohesion, improved aesthetics, reduced stress levels and additional health advantages associated with trees and greenspaces.

Why Pittsburgh:
Currently, Pittsburgh’s street trees provide the city with $2.4 million in services each year. However, the city is behind the rest of the U.S. in the average number of street trees per capita: Pittsburgh only has one street tree for every 11 residents, compared to the national average of one street tree per three residents. By expanding its urban forest, the benefits derived from the city’s street trees would increase, likely providing the city with additional monetary value.