Environment
2:08 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Louisville Uses Partnership to Increase Tree Canopy

A regional waste management company has partnered with Louisville Metro Government to help increase the city’s tree canopy over the next decade.

Ecotech will work with Louisville’s Tree Advisory Commission, which was formed by Mayor Greg Fischer last year to help maintain and add to the city’s tree canopy.

Fischer helped plant the first three trees Friday and over the next 10 years, Ecotech has committed to donating 1,000 trees through its 10,000 Trees Partnership.

Reports show Louisville is warming faster than other cities, which has been blamed--in part--on the lack of tree canopy. According to a 2011 study by the University of Louisville, the city’s tree canopy is 27 percent.

The study’s authors recommend the city increase that number to 40 percent.