Trees in Canadian Cities: Indispensable Life Form for Urban Sustainability
AbstractWe argue that a healthy urban forest contributes immensely to the sustainability of cities. The argument is based on a comprehensive array of values elicited from Canadians in several cities. To begin, we define the urban forest as inclusive of all the trees in the city and thus representing the predominant contributor to a city’s green infrastructure. Then we enumerate and explain the broad diversity of ways in which urban people value trees in the city. We, thus, show the myriad pathways by which trees contribute positively to any city’s social, economic, and ecological sustainability. Following a short summary of the ways in which trees may detract from people’s quality of life, we present promising management directions for urban-forest improvement, as we understand the situation in Canada. We conclude that all cities can enhance their sustainability by improving the urban forest. View Full-Text
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Duinker, P.N.; Ordóñez, C.; Steenberg, J.W.N.; Miller, K.H.; Toni, S.A.; Nitoslawski, S.A. Trees in Canadian Cities: Indispensable Life Form for Urban Sustainability. Sustainability 2015, 7, 7379-7396.
Duinker PN, Ordóñez C, Steenberg JWN, Miller KH, Toni SA, Nitoslawski SA. Trees in Canadian Cities: Indispensable Life Form for Urban Sustainability. Sustainability. 2015; 7(6):7379-7396.Chicago/Turabian Style
Duinker, Peter N.; Ordóñez, Camilo; Steenberg, James W.N.; Miller, Kyle H.; Toni, Sydney A.; Nitoslawski, Sophie A. 2015. "Trees in Canadian Cities: Indispensable Life Form for Urban Sustainability." Sustainability 7, no. 6: 7379-7396.