Community Canopy Program

We are offering a limited number of FREE trees to community members through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy Program. This program is made possible by our partners.

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.

2022 Fall Program

Eligibility

Participants must live in Barre, Burlington, Lyndon or Windsor.

Tree Species

Participants are eligible to sign up for up to two trees. Five species are available: Hackberry, Red bud, Red maple, Red oak, River birch.

Pick Up Events

Trees must be reserved in advance and picked up at the following locations.

Barre

Sept. 24, 10am-12pm BOR Arena, 25 Auditorium Hill, Barre

Burlington

Sept. 24, 10am-12pm: Kieslich Park, 311 North Avenue, Burlington

Lyndon

Sept. 23, 4-6pm: Municipal Gym, 119 Park Avenue, Lyndonville

Windsor

Sept. 24, 10am-12pm: Recreation Center, 29 Union Street, Windsor

Registration

Having trouble with registration? Call Gwen at 802-651-8343, ext 506 or email at gwen.kozlowski@uvm.edu.

Register for your tree(s)!

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Gwen Kozlowski at 802-651-8343 or gwen.kozlowski@uvm.edu by September 2, 2022 so we may assist you.

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:

  • Reduce a homeowner’s carbon footprint

  • Improve air quality

  • Reduce stormwater runoff

  • Provide food and shelter for wildlife

  • Add to a home’s property value

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 2017-2022.

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

Partners

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 gwen.kozlowski@uvm.edu or 802-651-8343, ext 506.

 

PLANT. LIVE. GROW.