Trees provide many benefits to communities:
Trees reduce resident energy bills by shading homes, reducing the need for air conditioning.
They reduce storm-water run-off by capturing polluted rain water that would otherwise flow into the ocean.
Trees cool urban areas, decreasing heat-related illness and deaths.
They clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and other pollutant gases and filter particulates out of the air benefiting those with respiratory illness.
Residents of neighborhoods with trees have shown better health perception and lower stress levels compared to those without trees.
The act of planting trees inspires community and social cohesion.
Trees provide a physical and psychological barrier between pedestrians and motorized traffic, increasing safety as well as making walking more enjoyable.