Tree Equity Score

Help create Tree Equity in cities and towns across America.

Discover Tree Equity Score

Trees are critical urban infrastructure that are essential to public health and well-being. Tree Equity Score was created to help address damaging environmental inequities by prioritizing human-centered investment in areas with the greatest need.

In "Mapping the Path to Tree Equity," a short documentary by American Forests, follow Leandro's journey as he leads a community-driven movement in Providence, RI and uses Tree Equity Score to address unequal tree distribution.

A major update to Tree Equity Score, released in Fall 2023, now extends coverage to all urban areas across the United States. Tour the changes

Change powered by science

Anyone can use Tree Equity Score to chart a course of action. Join the movement to advance Tree Equity in urban communities nationwide and contribute to creating greener, safer and more resilient cities.

Tree Equity Score measures how well the critical benefits of urban tree canopy are reaching those who need them most. The score establishes an equity-first standard to guide investment in communities living on low incomes, communities of color and all those disproportionately affected by extreme heat, pollution and other environmental hazards.

Tree Equity Score combines information from a variety of sources to create a single measure from 0 to 100. The lower the score, the greater the need for investment.

Tree canopy
Building density
Income & Employment
Surface temperature

Meet the apps

Our Tree Equity Score Products

Tree Equity Score National Explorer

Our flagship tool makes Tree Equity Score available to all urban areas in the United States. Tree Equity Score sets a national standard to help make the case for investment in areas with the greatest need.

  • Find your score among all urban neighborhoods in the United States.
  • Locate data to inform and support equity-first tree planting and investment.
  • Explore municipal and regional targets and communicate the benefit to the community.

Tree Equity Score Analyzers

Take a deep dive into Tree Equity in your community. Tree Equity Score Analyzers have single-city or region coverage and support customizable property-level planting plans.

  • Make a data-driven plan to shift neighborhood Tree Equity Scores in your city or region.
  • Customize Tree Equity Score targets, then create tree planting and tree protection plans at the property level to achieve your goals.
  • Track your progress and measure the positive impacts to your community.

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Join the movement to protect and restore urban forests

Urban communities require trees as essential infrastructure to support public health and climate resilience. According to our estimations, we need to plant and grow 500 million trees and protect existing urban tree infrastructure to achieve Tree Equity across America.

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Local Analyzers

Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Columbus & Franklin County, OH
Dallas, TX
DC region
Detroit, MI
Indianapolis & Marion County, IN
Lincoln Parish, LA
Maricopa County, AZ
Rhode Island
Richmond, VA
Toronto, ON
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