Lexington Awarded Tree City USA Growth Award from Arbor Day Foundation

Flowers on a dogwood tree in Lexington

Lexington received a Tree City USA Growth Award from the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management. Only a small percentage of Tree City USA participants earn the Growth Award Honor due to a continued dedication towards building a sustainable community.

A Growth Award is bestowed to a community alongside their Tree City USA recognition for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care.

The Growth Award recognizes major milestones and annual activities in five categories on a point based system to build sustainable community forestry programs over the long term:

  • building a team
  • measuring trees and forests
  • planning the work
  • performing the work
  • building the community framework

“Tree City USA communities can experience the positive effects that an urban tree canopy has year after year,” said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Lexington are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program helps cultivate a sense of stewardship and pride for the trees the community plants and cares for.” 

The Growth Award demonstrates our ability to build a framework for sustainable urban forest management. Urban tree plantings help reduce energy consumption by up to 25%, which will reduce general energy costs and help with the overall cooling of the city as well. In addition, members of the community benefit from properly placed trees as they increase property values from 7-20%. Trees also positively affect the local ecosystem by helping to clean water and create animal habitats to encourage biodiversity.