UEC Members

Baltimore, MD | Boston, MA | Cleveland, OH | New Haven, CT | Newark, NJ | New York, NY | Pittsburgh, PA | Philadelphia, PA | Providence, RI | Washington, DC | Worcester, MA



UEC Organizations


Casey Trees | Washington, DC 

To restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital.


City of Newark – Office of Sustainability | Newark, NJ 

The Sustainability Office is responsible for supporting policies and programs that improve public health and quality of life, drive down costs through better stewardship of resources, and expand green job and business opportunities for Newark residents. The Office manages the Newark municipal “Green Team,” which oversees the greening of City operations; assists the Business Administrator by identifying cost saving opportunities in areas such as municipal energy and fuel use, waste disposal and recycling, and stormwater management; and supports organizations and residents throughout the City in realizing their goals for healthy, affordable, vibrant neighborhoods and community development.


The Holden Arboretum | Kirtland, OH 

The Holden Arboretum is an outdoor living museum that promotes the beauty and importance of trees and other woody plants to create sustainable and healthy communities in the Great Lakes region and beyond.


Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation – Urban and Community Forestry Program | Boston, MA 

The Massachusetts Urban and Community Forestry Program assists communities and nonprofit groups in protecting, growing, and managing community trees and forest ecosystems, with the ultimate aim of improving the environment and enhancing livability of all of Massachusetts’ communities. We provide grants, technical assistance, training, and recognition awards to communities of all sizes throughout Massachusetts. The program also provides guidance on urban forestry policy issues at the state level.


New Jersey Tree Foundation | Newark, NJ 

The NJ Tree Foundation is a state-wide non-profit organization dedicated to planting trees in NJ’s most under-served neighborhoods.


New York City Department of Parks and Recreation | New York, NY 

NYC Parks is the steward of approximately 29,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens  and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 550 tennis courts, 66 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums. We look after 650,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City’s principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals


New York Restoration Project | New York, NY 

With a special focus on communities of need, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) works in public parks, housing projects, vacant lots, schools, on sidewalks, the waterfront, and in our own community gardens. Our comprehensive approach to urban land management includes community engagement, capital construction, cultural programming, landscape maintenance, and environmental education. Together, these efforts impact the city on multiple scales, from one small block to all five boroughs.


Nine Mile Run Watershed Association | Pittsburgh, PA

The Nine Mile Run Watershed is a small urban watershed located in Pittsburgh’s East End. The Nine Mile Run Watershed Association’s (NMRWA) mission is to restore and protect the Nine Mile Run watershed. Through outreach and education, NMRWA involves local leaders and volunteers in community greening initiatives to foster a healthy urban environment.


Parks & People Foundation | Baltimore, MD 

The Parks & People Foundation is dedicated to supporting a wide range of recreational and educational opportunities; creating and sustaining beautiful and lively parks; and promoting a healthy natural environment for Baltimore.


Pennsylvania Horticultural Society | Philadelphia, PA    

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1827 that offers programs, activities, workshops, and publications for gardeners of all levels and interests. PHS motivates people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture.


Philadelphia Parks and Recreation | Philadelphia, PA    

The mission of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation focuses on preserving and enhancing existing green spaces while also expanding the amount of green, public space available in the City.


Urban Resources Initiative | New Haven, CT 

Urban Resources Initiative (URI) is a not-for-profit university partnership whose mission is to foster community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education and advance the practice of urban forestry. URI’s flagship programs are Community Greenspace (engaging volunteers in environmental stewardship) and GreenSkills (green job training for high school students and vulnerable adults).


United States Forest Service – Baltimore Urban Field Station | Baltimore, MD

The goal of the U.S. Forest Service’s Baltimore Urban Field Station is to make urban areas more desirable places to live and mitigate urban impacts upon the Chesapeake Bay. The Baltimore Urban Field Station (BUFS) is a flagship, federal research investment in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed for understanding relationships between urban and urbanizing areas and the Chesapeake Bay. The BUFS provides policymakers, government agencies, NGOs, local communities, and businesses with technical capabilities and application tools, scientific expertise, and unique information to facilitate urban natural resource stewardship; monitor and evaluate investments in green infrastructure; and promote environmental literacy.


United States Forest Service – New York City Urban Field Station | Queens, New York 

The New York City Urban Field Station (UFS) is both a physical place to conduct research (the research facility at Fort Totten) and a network of scientists, practitioners, university partners, and facilities that focus on urban ecology. Since its founding in 2006, the UFS has engaged over 30 non-profit, academic, and government partners creating innovative “research in action” programs to support urban ecosystem management and sustainability initiatives in New York City.


United States Forest Service – Philadelphia Field Station | Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Field Station’s (PFS) mission is to foster collaboration with our urban communities and facilitate the science, science-delivery and communication to improve people’s lives in this region. This place-based context helps define research priorities and visions for maximizing impact.  The PFS is using research to understand the effectiveness of existing urban forestry programs, to inform decisions made by managers and practitioners, and to share what is learned in Philadelphia with other communities.


TreeBaltimore | Baltimore, MD

TreeBaltimore serves as the umbrella organization for all City agencies and private organizations in their effort to increase the tree canopy of Baltimore. TreeBaltimore strives to increase the urban tree canopy through the establishment, management and preservation of trees. To reach Baltimore’s goal of 40% tree canopy cover by 2037, we partner with individual homeowners as well as communities, schools, and businesses. TreeBaltimore is a mayoral initiative led by the Baltimore City of Recreation and Parks in partnership with Blue Water Baltimore, the Parks & People Foundation, and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.


TreePhilly | Philadelphia, PA

TreePhilly helps Philadelphians connect with the resources they need to plant and care for urban trees. In response to Mayor Nutter’s Greenworks goal to make sure each Philadelphia neighborhood has at least 30% tree canopy coverage, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) launched TreePhilly, an exciting initiative that helps Philadelphians plant and maintain trees on both public and private property.


Tree Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, PA 

Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the City’s vitality by restoring and protecting the urban forest through tree maintenance, planting, education and advocacy. Tree Pittsburgh’s vision is to be a leader in creating a healthy, attractive and safe urban forest by inspiring and engaging citizens to plant, maintain and protect trees.


TreeVitalize| Pennsylvania 

TreeVitalize is a public-private partnership of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to restore tree cover in Pennsylvania communities. DCNR Bureau of Forestry and Penn State University Extension staff provide educational outreach, technical support ,and financial help to volunteers, municipal governments, non-profit organizations, and other partners to improve the care and sustainable management of community trees.


Western Reserve Land Conservancy | Cleveland, OH 

From the countryside to the city, Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides the region with natural places that nourish and support vibrant and prosperous communities by identifying, preserving, restoring and maintaining essential assets like clean water, working farms, wildlife areas, and parks.


Worcester Tree Initiative | Worcester, MA 

Worcester Tree Initiative initiated in 2009 in response to Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation. 34,000 trees removed; 30,000 trees replanted by end of 2014. We’re focusing on long term stewardship, engaging the entire community in understanding benefits of trees and helping care for them. Work with schools and other youth programs.



UEC University Participants


Dexter Locke | Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA


Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne | Director, Spatial Analysis Laboratory, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT