As temps rise, cities combat “heat island” effect.

National Public Radio September 4, 2012 Listen: as temps rise, cities combat “heat island” effect More than 20,000 high-temperature records have been broken so far this year in the United States. And the heat is especially bad in cities, which are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet. High temperatures More

Funding Available for Tree-Minded Projects.

We all understand the value of trees. The trick is communicating that value and involving our neighbors; pushing for recognition of the importance and value of our urban forest. The best success is achieved when communities take charge and begin flying the flag of urban forest advocacy within their own communities. Unfortunately, funding and finances More

Helping bring the Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project to life.

Prior to relocating to Grand Rapids, my experience with this city has been limited. Sure, I’d visited for a wedding or two. I’ve come for a conference, but I’ve never had the chance to fully experience the city. Regardless of my lack of experience with your city, recent progress towards Green initiatives makes Grand Rapids More

Launching a new project.

When I started with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in 2009, I was their first and only staff.  I remember sitting down with some of the founding board members and community champions to talk about their hopes for the organization and what they saw as new opportunities for the community engagement.  At some point during More

Grand Rapids tree of the year chosen.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — A tree in the East Hills neighborhood is Grand Rapids’ Tree of the Year. Mayor George Heartwell gave the ash tree the distinction in honor of Arbor Day. The Urban Forestry Committee says the one tree alone captures 7,000 gallons of storm water each year and absorbs 1,200 pounds of carbon More

See which groups will split $25,000 ‘climate protection’ prize for Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — On Arbor Day in April, Mayor George Heartwell named his inaugural Tree of the Year in Grand Rapids. A city budget approved this week includes funding to supplement a grant for planting trees in street right-of-ways. So perhaps it’s no surprise that half of the $25,000 prize Heartwell got last week from the U.S. Conference More

Crowd-sourced Grand Rapids tree map to monetize city canopy.

Author: Matt Vande Bunte   |   mvandebu@mlive.com GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Here’s an idea for your next neighborhood get-together: Tree-mapping party. The Urban Forest Project set to launch in late May will include a crowd-sourced online inventory of trees, like maps of Sacramento, San Francisco and Philadelphia which public “citizen foresters” help create and maintain. The Grand More