In addition to improving the immediate environment, studies have shown that planting trees and greenery in urban communities can help improve the mental and physical health of area-residents. Furthermore, trees also provide neighborhoods with a variety of protective benefits that help address commonly experienced environmental issues. These benefits include soil stabilization and runoff capture in flood-prone areas, cooling effects to mitigate urban heat islands, air filtration for nearby industrial parks and roadways and improved water quality within heavily utilized watersheds.
Since their inception, the Enterprise 50 Million Tree Pledge and Urban Tree Initiative have led to the planting of more than 17 million trees around the world, providing a legacy for future generations.
The projects through the Urban Tree Initiative will be directed and maintained by local nonprofit organizations, with planting and distribution efforts to be carried out by volunteers from Enterprise and the surrounding community on the day of the events. During the Fall 2022 planting season, projects will be held in the following United States and Canadian cities: Glendale, Ariz.; Groveland, Calif.; Riviera Beach, Fla.; St. Louis, Mo.; Bronx, N.Y.; Mississauga, Ontario; and Philadelphia, Pa. Additional Spring and Fall 2023 locations will be announced next year.