The problem we face
Trees and green space are vital components of a healthy community. Studies have shown how their proximity reduces stress and chronic health conditions like diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Tree-lined streets and parks promote physical activity and improve mental health and social cohesion.
Nashville is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth—with a 45% increase in population between 2000 and 2017. This growth has led to a loss of trees throughout Davidson County.
Trees not only keep Nashville beautiful, but are a key part of our city’s critical infrastructure. As we grow, we must preserve our existing trees and plant new ones to maintain the green and healthy city we love.
Nashville experiences 25 more days over 90°F than its surrounding rural counties.
INCREASED RESIDENTIAL TREE COVER HAS BEEN LINKED TO BETTER SELF-REPORTED GENERAL HEALTH.
“Multiple Health Benefits of Urban Tree Canopy"
For every dollar invested in tree planting, cities see an average $2.25 return on their investment each year.
"Here’s How Much Money Trees Save in Megacities”
Root Nashville: In 2018, NashvilleHealth partnered with Metro Government and The Cumberland River Compact (CRC) to launch Root Nashville, a campaign to plant and care for 500,000 trees by 2050. The campaign is designed to increase the city’s tree canopy and create a more equitable distribution of the health and sustainability benefits of urban trees.
Resources and Articles
Root Nashville: Official page of the Root Nashville organization.
Cumberland River Compact: Three million people and thousands of species depend on clean water from the Cumberland River. The Cumberland River Compact makes sure they get it through their efforts to educate and restore. The Compact serves as the Root Nashville campaign’s operational partner.
The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee: Since 1978, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has helped to create or expand 30 State Natural Areas, 13 Wildlife Management Areas and three National Wildlife Refuges in Tennessee in addition to establishing its own system of nature preserves. TNC serves on the Root Nashville Advisory Board.
Nashville Civic Design Center: Founded in 2000, the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to elevate the quality of Nashville’s built environment and to promote public participation in the creation of a more beautiful and functional city for all.
Multiple Health Benefits of Urban Tree Canopy
Here’s How Much Money Trees Save in Megacities