Total Cost: $200,000
Locations: Heat islands around Cambridge, see description
Let’s plant 100 trees around Cambridge to combat heat, provide shade cover, and reduce carbon emissions all while contributing to a healthier, happier Cambridge.
Certain areas of Cambridge, as identified by the Climate Change Vulnerability Study and the Urban Forestry Master Plan, are heat islands. These are spaces that have high ambient air temperature, which can be especially uncomfortable for people to visit or live in. Planting trees here will improve the air quality, beautify the area, provide cooling shade, control stormwater runoff, slow accumulation of carbon, serve as animal habitats, and even boost cognitive and psychological health!
Planting one hundred trees across these locations addresses issues of high temperatures and low canopy cover where the need is highest and where pedestrians would benefit from the additional trees. These locations were suggested by many city residents and correspond with the heat islands identified in Cambridge’s Urban Forest Master Plan as areas most lacking shade (see heat map below).
Source: Cambridge Public Works Urban Forest Master Plan, Critical Urban Corridors Lack Shade