Mark Ashton

PhD, MF, Senior Associate Dean of The Forest School, Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology, Yale School of the Environment, Director of the Yale Forests

Bradford S. Gentry

JD, Senior Associate Dean of Professional Practice; Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Professor in the Practice of Forest Resources Management and Policy, Yale School of the Environment and Yale School of Management, Co-Director, Center for Business and Environment at Yale; Director of the Research Program on Private Investment and the Environment

Vasilis Vasiliou

PhD, Department Chair, Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences) and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and of Environment, Yale School of Public Health, Director, Yale Superfund Research Center

Colleen Murphy-Dunning

MS, Program Director, Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, Urban Resources Initiative (URI); Lecturer in Urban and Community Forestry

Anthony Acciavatti

PhD, MArch, Diana Balmori Assistant Professor, Yale School of Architecture

Morgan Grove

PhD, MFS, Lecturer, Yale School of the Environment, Team Leader, USDA Forest Service’s Baltimore Urban Field Station, Scholar in Residence, SESYNC (National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center)

Nyeema Harris

Nyeema Harris is the Knobloch Family Associate Professor of Wildlife and Land Conservation at the Yale School of the Environment.

On a Warming Planet, Urban Trees Become Critical Infrastructure

As heat waves turn cities into sweltering ovens, tree shade has become a critical tool to mitigate climate change—and Yale is working to promote a healthy tree canopy on campus and around New Haven.

Urban trees provide a host of benefits that blunt the effects of climate change, and they are increasingly being treated as important infrastructure for cities. Trees sequester carbon dioxide, produce oxygen, reduce stormwater runoff by utilizing water before it’s channeled into a drainage system, and capture pollution particulates—especially ozone—through their leaves or needles.

Mark Bradford

PhD, Professor of Soils and Ecosystem Ecology, Yale School of the Environment

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