Trees are the cornerstone of Savannah, GA’s  green infrastructure system. With increases in population and overall city growth, the number of trees and tree canopy cover has 

drastically decreased. In an effort to restore Savannah’s green canopy, renew several marginalized communities, and reduce stormwater runoff and flooding events, Savannah’s Office of Sustainability and their partners launched a new initiative to create a  job training and landscape certification for low-income job-seekers and paired it with the creation of new urban tree nurseries for the city. This initiative is supported by the Southeastern Sustainable Communities Fund, a partnership between The Kendeda Fund and the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network. Learn more about this work and other projects here.

Photo credit: Nick Deffley, Director of Sustainability for the City of Savannah