The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Arbor Day Foundation Recognize Sandy Springs as a Tree City
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the City of Sandy Springs with the Tree Cities of the World designation. The international program celebrates cities across all continents that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests.
To achieve recognition, the City of Sandy Springs met the five core standards: establish responsibility, set the rules, know what you have, allocate the resources and celebrate achievements.
“The Tree Cities of the World programme recognizes the efforts cities take toward greener, healthier communities,” said Hiroto Mitsugi, assistant director general, Forestry Department, FAO. “The most successful urban landscapes are those that have factored trees into the plan. We applaud Sandy Springs’ work to plant and care for its urban trees.”
“Sandy Springs joins cities around the world that have taken steps toward robust and healthy city forests,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees clean our air and water, provide shade, and beautify the places we live and work. This designation signifies the City of Sandy Springs’ commitment to being a healthier, happier city.”
The Tree Cities of the World program is built off the success of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program, which has provided recognition to cities within the United States for more than 40 years. The vision of the Tree Cities of the World program is to connect cities around the world in a new network dedicated to sharing and adopting the most successful approaches to managing city trees and forests.
Trees provide multiple benefits to a city when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
More information is available at TreeCitiesoftheWorld.org.