Office of Sustainability
Urban Greening
What is urban greening?

Urban greening programs usually include creation and maintenance of green space, such as parks; planting and care of trees; and the creation of green infrastructure such as rain gardens and green roofs.

Why is urban greening important?

Green spaces and plants in urban areas provide numerous environmental and community benefits. They can help to reduce flooding and sewer overflow by absorbing large amounts of stormwater, provide wildlife habitat, help to maintain air quality, reduce urban heat islands and provide green space for neighborhood socializing and community building.

Open Space
The term "open space" refers to an area of land purposefully left undeveloped as a green area. Examples of open space include parks, greenways and community gardens.
Green Infrastructure
The term "green infrastructure" refers to a strategic network of vegetated areas and water retention techniques intended to mitigate stormwater problems.
Trees provide many environmental benefits, but what you might not know is that trees also provide a lot of benefits to people!


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