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

Mae-ling Lokko

PhD, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Architecture, Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture

Anna Dyson

MArch, Hines Professor of Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture, Yale School of the Environment, Founding Director of the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture

Global ambition: ‘Reinventing the DNA of the built environment’

Buildings account for 40% of global energy use and 25% of water consumption. The Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture hopes to change that.

Imagine a small house whose exterior is covered with planters full of ripe radishes, carrots, and lettuce. Indoors, another wall of plants stretches floor to ceiling. Their microbe-rich roots capture harmful air pollutants. If you touch the plants, beneficial microbes cross to you, possibly prompting a subtle shift of your own microbiome toward better health.

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