Community Canopy Program

Welcome to Community Canopy, a unique program of the Arbor Day Foundation that provides free trees and guidance on where to plant trees to conserve energy, cool homes, and save money.

How It Works

Community Canopy, uses a research-based, easy-to-use online mapping tool that takes the guesswork out of tree planting. By entering simple information about a home and yard, the tool calculates where to strategically plant trees for the greatest cooling, energy, and money saving benefits.

2021 Pick-Up Events: Saturday, June 5th, 10am-1pm

Residents of Newport City and Bennington will be eligible for up to 2 free trees. 5 species are available: common hackberry, red maple, river birch, shadblow serviceberry and red oak. Participants must sign up in advance (link below) and pick up their trees at the designated location. COVID 19 protocols will be in place for a socially distant event.

Newport Pick Up Event: June 5, 10am-1pm

Water Treatment Facility: 94 T P Lane, Newport

Bennington Pick Up Event: June 5, 10am-1pm

Bennington High School: 650 Main Street, Bennington

Registration will be available on April 30!

Tree Benefits

When planted properly, a single mature tree can save a homeowner up to 20% on energy costs. For homes without air conditioning, shade trees can make the home feel cooler during summer heat. Planting trees can also:

  • Add to a home’s property value
  • Reduce a homeowner’s carbon footprint
  • Improve air quality
  • Reduce stormwater runoff
  • Provide food and shelter for wildlife

About The Program: Planting For Impact

Using research from the Vermont Department of Health, we selected partner communities in Vermont that are most vulnerable to heat-related illness. These areas have high densities of exposed asphalt and rooftops but limited tree cover.  As a result, residents in these areas can spend more money to cool their homes, and those without air conditioning can be at greater risk for heat illnesses.

See the cumulative impact report below from 2017-2020.

Past partner communities include: Bradford, Brattleboro, Bennington, Barre, St. Albans, Rutland.


This program is made possible by the Arbor Day Foundation, the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program, and the Vermont Department of Health’s Climate & Health Program.

Join Us

We hope to be able to offer this program to more communities in the future. Let’s work together to harness the power of trees to conserve energy, cool communities, and save money.    

If you have any questions, contact Gwen at or 802-651-8343.