The City also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 29, 2018)—The City of West Palm Beach has earned the recognition as a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of the City’s commitment to effective urban forest management. The City also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.
West Palm Beach achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“We know that trees are vital to the public infrastructure of our city and provide numerous environmental, social and economic benefits,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “I am proud that West Palm Beach has been recognized for being a community that makes planting and care of trees a priority.”
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
“The City of West Palm Beach is dedicated to enhancing the viability of West Palm Beach as a modern model of healthy, environmentally progressive, ecologically sustainable and resilient urban living,” said Penni Redford, Sustainability Manager. “The 2017 Tree City USA and Growth Award recognize the success of this vision.”
Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
For more information on the program, please visit arborday.org/TreeCityUSA. For more information about the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Sustainability/Overview.