Nashville, Tenn. – Community ReLeaf
Establishing the importance of the city’s downtown trees to influence future development plans
This project is assessing the trees in downtown Nashville to quantify the economic and health benefits they provide, such as energy savings, carbon dioxide reduction, air quality benefits and property value increases. In a city that is rapidly expanding, this analysis is critical to help highlight the benefits of the current city trees in order to inform planning for urban forests and development with a goal of maintaining a sustainable and livable city into the future.
- East Nashville’s 11,130 street trees provide more than $1 million in cumulative benefits each year. These benefits include:
- 2,008 tons of CO2 sequestered and 434 tons avoided as a result of reduced energy use.
- 37.5 million gallons of stormwater intercepted, at a value of more than $370,000, improving water quality and helping protect the Cumberland River.
- For every dollar invested in East Nashville’s street trees, the community receives $6.91 in benefits.
- East Nashville’s street trees provide more than 200 acres of canopy cover, shading around 12 percent of streets and sidewalks.
- The trees’ replacement cost would be more than $48 million.
Tree Planting Event:
On November 3, American Forests and local partners were joined by volunteers from Bank of America to plant trees in Nashville. Read the press release.
How to Support the Urban Forest:
In 2014, we will be adding advocacy tools and other ways that you can encourage the care and maintenance of Nashville’s urban forest. In the meantime, connect with our local partners for more information on the city’s urban forest: