This past fall, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) conducted a tree inventory and social assessment of green spaces for 18 campuses in three high heat vulnerability neighborhoods: Brownsville/East New York, East Harlem, and the South Bronx.
NYCHA worked with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the US Forest Service (USFS), and the New York City Parks Department (NYC Parks) to pilot a green jobs training program for the Green City Force field staff to inventory more than 300 trees and discover resident’s attitudes toward trees. They collected inventory data using the Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities app. This work enables NYCHA to quantify ecological and social benefits of trees and green space. In addition, NYCHA will identify challenges, and on-the-ground management concerns related to its trees and open spaces.
The Green City Force field staff (all current or former NYCHA residents) learned about trees in the city, and some are hoping to pursue more green jobs training in pursuit of possible environmental careers. The results from this effort will be included in NYCHA’s forthcoming climate adaptation plan.
Photo of Green City Force field staff provided.