Trees provide a wide range of ecosystem services, including helping to reduce our energy use, cleaning our air and water, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Urban Ecos has been involved in many projects aimed at quantifying and maximizing these ecosystem services, including the following:

  • Developing a pilot program for utility companies and other organizations to plant shade trees to reduce energy use.
  • Working with cities and universities to estimate the benefits their trees are providing.
  • Leading the development of the San Francisco Urban Forest Maps and several other OpenTreeMap projects that quantify the benefits of trees and help translate that data into more understandable terms.
  • Development of and/or extensive work with all software tools for estimating the ecosystem services of urban trees, including the i-Tree software suite and the Forest Service's Tree Carbon Calculator.




Projects, papers, and presentations related to ecosystem services consultations
For Tree San Diego
California ReLeaf maps
High Speed Rail GHG Offsets
San Diego Tree Map
Video: Writing a Great Grant Application
Interview: Tree Inventory of the Future
Technology Tools for Making Sense of Your Inventory
Urban Tree Key
California EnerTrees
Audio: Calculating GHG Benefits of Trees
Marin's Urban Forest: A Guide for Stakeholders
Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course Assessment
Ecosystem Services of the Existing and Proposed Trees of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course
San Jose Middle School Tree Planting
EarthWatch's Urban Forest Expedition
UC San Diego Campus Forest Analysis
Community Tree Guides
Ecosystem services and environmental benefits of the UC San Diego Campus Forest
Sacramento's Park Neighborhoods: Roots of the Past and Lessons for the Future