#TreeCityUSATuesday

Louisville Metro, KY

Louisville Metro has been a designated Tree City USA community for 15 years and Growth Award recipient seven times.

Louisville KYHome to more than 750,000 residents, as well as the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Fried Chicken, Louisville is a Southern gem filled with American history and unique charm. The city also features the largest preservation historic district entirely of Victorian architecture in the country.

In addition to its cultural attractions, Louisville boasts an impressive urban forest with 37% tree canopy coverage. Louisville’s trees intercept more than 18.8 billion gallons of stormwater runoff annually, equating to nearly $63 million in stormwater management savings, and remove 6.9 million pounds of pollutants from the air annually.

Furthermore, the urban forest saves consumers $5 million in energy savings and increases property value by nearly $240 million a year.

The benefits Louisville’s urban forest provides to the city equate to approximately $330 million annually.

Is your city worthy of Arbor Day Foundation #TreeCityUSATuesday recognition?  If so, please tell us about it!

Sheereen Othman

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