A connection to trees is something each of us has in common, and everyone deserves to enjoy the value which they offer. Trees help us to be happier, healthier and they also benefit our local economies in various ways. They are the environmental pillars of a more comprehensively healthful future. At the macro level, saving our trees can actually offer incredible solutions to many of our current challenges.
Sustainability is at the forefront of our minds as we holistically approach each project, responsibly designing complete environments. As we strive to do good within our communities through aspects of each and every project – achieving a successful balance between environmental, economic and social factors – creating “equitable ecosystems” is a priority of our multi-disciplinary design teams.
Among the most sustainable and regenerative elements which nearly any project site can (and should) include, are healthy trees. Sometimes they are even incorporated into the building design. In fact, projects where trees are the primary amenity and strategic focus of site design – whether it’s through aggressive tree-save tactics, new plants/transplants, or a combination of both – have been in high demand over the past couple of years and accelerated by the current pandemic. This trend is good for the environment, it offers an immediate impact with regards to authentic and healthy placemaking, and creates increasing return-on-investment for our clients as these living amenities mature and grow with time.
Thoughtful, intentional design and architecture has the ability to positively impact people’s lives in unexpected ways, which is among the many reasons why I would like to share this white paper on The Connection of Trees to Our Health & Wellbeing. In the paper, we have highlighted key takeaways and proposed action items in the hopes that it helps every citizen gain a better understanding of the relationship with nature, particularly within more urbanized environments, and how everyone can contribute to a circular economy.
I hope that you find what we have to say in this paper informative and relevant to your work and mission, and if so will share the report with your friends and followers.
About the Author – Mike Copeland is Design Principal of Little’s versatile Land Development team. He has experienced a diverse career between the fields of urban design and landscape architecture and has lived and worked all over the U.S. When he is not conjuring up designs for the next outdoor experience, he coincidentally enjoys being outdoors with family and friends, absorbing cues from our natural world to apply toward his next project.