Tree City of the World again!
The Arbor Day Foundation again recognises the City of Burnside as a Tree City of the World
The City of Burnside receives Tree Cities of the World designation for a second year
The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Burnside a Tree City of the World. Tree Cities of the World is a programme founded by The Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to recognise cities around the globe that have committed to growing and maintaining their urban forest. Through this recognition, the City of Burnside will join a network of like-minded cities who recognise the importance of trees in building healthy, resilient and happy cities.
“We applaud all of the cities that have earned Tree Cities of the World designation,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “They are leaders when it comes to planning and managing their urban forests. Many of the cities being recognised have gone above and beyond to use trees as part of their green infrastructure. This distinction is a celebration of their creativity and sustainability in creating healthier urban spaces.”
Burnside has earned recognition in the Foundation's second year of the programme. To join Tree Cities of the World, Council has pledged their commitment by meeting five programme standards that show their dedication and determination towards planting and conserving trees for a greener future.
Burnside Mayor Anne Monceaux said this outcome was an acknowledgement of Council’s efforts towards climate change mitigation and environmental management and associated initiatives, following the climate emergency declared in 2019.
“This dedication is a testament to the commitment Council has made to mitigate climate change,” Mayor Monceaux said. “We will continue to put our environment first in our decision making as we work toward a carbon neutral Burnside in 2030.”
“We have introduced LED street lighting to our City, electric fleet cars, biodiversity programs, water sensitive design in our infrastructure programs, waste and sustainability education and campaigns and the urban forest interactive initiative.”
“As Mayor, I am proud to receive this award on behalf of the dedicated staff, the committed councillors and the caring Burnside community. We must care for our trees!”
When a city joins Tree Cities of the World, they show their willingness to be a sustainability and urban forestry leader. Planting trees in a metropolitan area comes with a myriad of benefits beyond the recognition of this programme. Increasing the number of trees in a community can help reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control. The programme provides a network of like-minded city leaders in urban forestry to celebrate and share best practices to cultivate greenery in the community.
Tree Cities of the World aims to create more green spaces in urban areas by recognising the cities that do it well. Planting more trees is the quickest and easiest way to improve a city's tree canopy and invest in a brighter future.
More information is available at TreeCitiesoftheWorld.org.
Jenny Barrett 0408 717 025.
Chief Executive Officer
City of Burnside
About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest non profit membership organisation dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 350 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighbourhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.
As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.