Best Practice Actions [See action tools, guidance, city reports]
Step 3 recognition minimum for Category A and B cities
Category A cities are recognized upon completion of at least two actions.
Category B cities are recognized upon completion of at least one action.
Category C cities that choose to implement this best practice are recognized upon completion of at least one action.
Investments that protect and enhance a city's green infrastructure, which includes trees, living snow fences and other plant cover, deliver many financial, energy, quality of life and carbon sequestration benefits, just as do investments in a city's traditional grey infrastructure of roads and utilities (sewer, gas, electric and telecommunication lines). People love and gravitate toward tree-lined streets. Given a limited city budget, which always includes money for streets, the most effective expenditure of funds to improve a street would probably be on trees.
connection to state Policy
Use of trees is an optional measure in the Minnesota Green Communities criteria, used by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency in awarding funding for building affordable green multi-family housing.