Home to more 180,000 people, Providence is one of the oldest cities in the United States, offering a bit of historic charm mixed with modern culture. The city is branding itself as a creative hub with a thriving arts community, diverse architecture, and notable universities, including the Rhode Island School of Design.
Providence is also setting an example in its urban forestry. The city has 415,000 trees with 24% tree canopy coverage. Additionally, the urban forest removes 91 tons of air pollutants every year, saving $3.5 million in air filtration costs.
The urban forest also comes in hand during times of rainfall, intercepting 31.5 million gallons of stormwater runoff, saving $281,000 in stormwater management costs. Additionally, the city boasts $591,000 in annual energy savings.
Providence’s urban forest is an asset valued at $582 million.
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