Street Trees and Community Wellbeing

Triple Bottom-Line Benefits, Tools, and Resources for Integrating Nature Into the Built Environment

This course will take an in-depth look at how to maximize the impact of street trees, and use street trees as a green infrastructure tool to create healthier, happier communities that are more resilient and prosperous. The course will been viewed through the lens of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) process, looking at the Lawrence Green Streets program – a local initiative to increase urban tree canopy cover in the community of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

The original goal for the street tree planting project was to increase shade tree canopy cover in urban areas to reduce energy demand. In order to promote greater community support for the project, the HIA process was used to assess existing community health concerns and look at how street trees might have an impact on local health from an environmental, social, as well as economic perspective. This course will review the tools and techniques that were used to develop this HIA and teach viewers how they can use the results to promote increased tree canopy cover in their own communities.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to street trees as a GI connectivity tool
    1. One component of a greater GI network integrating natural and built environment;
    2. Economic, social and environmental relevance to a city.
  2. Case Study: Using Health Impact Assessments to Support Planting More Street Trees in Cities that Need Them the Most - Green Streets Health Impact Assessment
    1. Overview of the HIA process and its growing importance in evaluating, monitoring, and improving the built environment
    2. Greet Streets HIA overview: data collection, research, community engagement
    3. Data collection, research, and Community engagement (assessment phase of HIA)
    4. Findings (summary of research and HIA priority impact areas)
    5. Deliverables/Replicability (Reporting phase of HIA – reviewing tools and techniques)
  3. Case Study: Tools for Integrating Street Trees into Urban Environments as part of an overall Urban Forest and Green Infrastructure Network – Devens Example
    1. Project Overview (how this project came about, who was involved and how we progressed)
    1. Partnerships (collaboration), location and situation (setting the stage for how we selected the project sites
  4. Recap, Replicability, Resources: How planners and practitioners can use these resources to benefit their own communities and promote the integration of more green infrastructure into the built environment

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the social, economic, and environmental benefits of street trees.
  2. Learn how health impact assessments can be used as a tool to quantify and assess the multiple benefits of green infrastructure elements such as street trees.
  3. Understand how green infrastructure elements like street trees can contribute/connect to a green infrastructure network in developed areas.
  4. Learn how triple bottom-line (TBL) tools such as i-Tree can be used to assess and manage green infrastructure elements such as street trees, as well as assist in educating the general public about the TBL benefits.

Your Instructor


Neil Angus is an Environmental Planner with Devens Enterprise Commission – the regulatory authority overseeing the redevelopment of the former Fort Devens Army Base located in central/eastern Massachusetts. Neil assists in the long-range and day to day planning and sustainable redevelopment operations for Devens and specializes in green building and green infrastructure planning and design. Neil holds a Professional Design Degree in Environmental Planning from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and is a Certified Environmental Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners. Neil is also a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and is a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional specializing in Neighborhood Development and Building Design and Construction.

Course Curriculum

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