Knoxville is one of just 38 U.S. cities – and one of 120 worldwide, from 63 countries – to earn Tree Cities of the World recognition.
Knoxville’s urban forestry programs are now part of the global network recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.
“Years ago, I proudly plastered a ‘Trees Are the Answer’ bumper sticker on my first car,” Mayor Indya Kincannon said. “That was true then, and it’s even more evident now.
“Trees help property owners lower their utility costs. They strengthen communities’ resilience. Trees are the cheapest way to combat climate change. And just appreciating their aesthetic value, their beauty gives us joy year-round.”
Visit treecitiesoftheworld.org to see a list of other recognized cities. Criteria for recognition includes maintaining an inventory of public trees, committing funding to nurture and protect an urban forest, and celebrating achievements that strengthen the diversity and number of trees.
Tree Cities of the World communities have planted more than 23 million trees and invested 618,000 volunteer hours.
Knoxville has been a Tree City USA Award honoree for 29 consecutive years. In 2020, City crews under the direction of Urban Forester Kasey Krouse planted 785 trees in parks, at schools and in public rights-of-way. The City boasts more than 30,000 trees planted in public spaces.