Help create Tree Equity in cities and towns across America.

Trees are sparse in most low-income neighborhoods. We’re on a mission to change that.

Tree Equity Score

A map of tree cover in any city in the United States is too often a map of race and income. This is unacceptable.Trees are critical infrastructure that every person in every neighborhood deserves. Trees can help address damaging environmental inequities like air pollution.

The shade from trees can cool an area by as much as 10 degrees, this can help reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses and lower utility bills.

Planting and taking care of trees is a means to create good paying jobs.

Trees provide oxygen and help clean the air we breathe by absorbing pollutants on the surface of their leaves.

To help address this problem, American Forests developed the methodology for calculating Tree Equity Scores for city neighborhoods.

City government employees, community activists, urban foresters and others can use the scores to make the case for planting trees in the neighborhoods that need them most, and allocate the resources needed to do so.

How it works

The score evaluates data from each neighborhood’s:

Existing tree canopy

Population density





Surface temperature

These metrics are combined into a single score between 0 and 100. A score of 100 means that a neighborhood has achieved Tree Equity. To learn more, visit our methodology page ➝

Our pilot locations

Our government and non-profit partners in these locations are leading the way in driving investment in trees to the areas in greatest need.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Maricopa County, AZ (including Phoenix)

Greater Phoenix

San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area

Greater Houston

Greater Houston


Puget Sound


Greater Detroit


Greater Tucson


Greater Miami

Tree Equity Score Analyzer

American Forests has developed the Tree Equity Score Analyzer (TESA) for cities and states that want to dive deep into decision-making around Tree Equity Scores, catalyzing investment and estimating benefits of projects down to the parcel scale. The pilot partner for TESA is Rhode Island.

Learn more
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Looking ahead

This summer we will deliver Tree Equity Score for all 486 Census-defined urbanized areas in the country, home to 70% of the population of the United States. In the meantime, several cities and states are working with American Forests to provide Tree Equity Score data to the public.


Want to work with American Forests to calculate the Tree Equity Scores for your neighborhood? Want to create a TESA for your city or state? Reach out to our team today to find out how we can work together! And join the conversation on social media, using #TreeEquity.

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Supporting Partners

This work was made possible with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Summit Foundation, Microsoft, EarthDefine, the Seed Fund, and USDA Forest Service.

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