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Earth Day 2016: Trees at Work

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Trees and natural solutions play an essential role in our projects. As we celebrate Earth Day 2016 and this year’s theme, “Trees for the Earth,” we look at a few of the many ways trees help us deliver a better world.

At AECOM, we bring a team approach to complex challenges. By connecting the expertise and insight from an unsurpassed range of professionals with experience in more than 140 countries, we find innovative solutions and deliver transformative outcomes.

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Earth Day 2016: Trees at Work

  1. 1. TREES AT WORK They do more than you might think Earth Day 2016
  2. 2. As Earth Day 2016 celebrates “Trees for the Earth,” we look at a few of the many ways trees help us deliver a better world. Trees can …Trees can … Trees and natural solutions play an essential role in our projects.
  3. 3. Draw people “Preserving mature trees shades 60% of the public park during hot tropical afternoons and reduces the ambient temperature by 10 degrees Fahrenheit.” - Blake Sanborn, principal, landscape architectureTrees can … Ayala Triangle Design, Manila, Philippines
  4. 4. Protect coastlines “Mangroves and wetland forestation play a vital role in reducing coastal erosion by trapping fine sediments.” - Ainslee Burley, planner, environment Trees can … Mangrove Restorations, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  5. 5. Educate communities “The restored wetland also provides science education and eco-tourism opportunities, supporting the development of the city.” - Lian Tao, associate director, landscape architecture Trees can … Weishan Wetland Park Restoration, Shandong, China
  6. 6. Build connections “Liberty Park’s 51 deciduous trees will reflect seasonal change and provide shade during peak lunch hours at this elevated community space.” - Gonzalo Cruz, principal, landscape architecture Trees can … Liberty Park Design, World Trade Center, New York City, United States
  7. 7. Reshape neighborhoods “The trees in this new civic heart, which replaces a traffic intersection, reflect the agricultural and rural heritage of this growing community.” - Alastair Leighton, associate director, landscape architecture Trees can … Beenleigh Town Square Design, Logan City, Australia
  8. 8. Keep cities cool “Thermal modeling in London is quantifying the impact of tree planting on reducing urban heat island effects.” - Tom Lelyveld, associate director, sustainability and advanced design Trees can … Acton Gardens Climate Adaptation Strategy, London, United Kingdom
  9. 9. Welcome wildlife “Old-growth forest provides nesting habitat for endangered species like the marbled murrelet and shades coastal rivers where salmon spawn.” -Petra Unger, principal, environment Trees can … Mill Creek Addition Planning, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California, United States
  10. 10. Clean soil, air and water “Plant-assisted remediation is a green technology where trees and plants can take up, store and degrade contaminants found in soil, water and air.” - Barry Harding, phytoremediation practice leader, environmentTrees can … Applied Phytoremediation Projects
  11. 11. Celebrate culture “A green wall, walnut grove and etchings on the façade all celebrate Sacramento, ‘The city of a million trees.’” - Rob Rothblatt, principal, architecture Trees can … Golden 1 Center Design, Sacramento, United States
  12. 12. Reduce flood danger “Trees improve water quality and reduce run-off within catchments.” - Cathryn Spence, director, environment Trees can … Elwy Natural Flood Management and Ecosystem Services Study, Wales, United Kingdom
  13. 13. Activate urban centers “The Greenway brings new energy to the heart of a crowded city, providing a natural respite while increasing property values by over 20% in two years.” - David Jung, vice president, landscape architecture Trees can … Calligraphy Greenway Design, Taichung City, Taiwan
  14. 14. Slow climate change “We’re developing a tool to promote the creation of forests by helping corporate investors measure and report on the environmental and social benefits.” - Christopher Eves, senior consultant, environmentTrees can … Woodland Benefits Tool Development, United Kingdom
  15. 15. Help people heal “Hospital patients with views of trees heal faster, need less pain medication, and have fewer postsurgical complications than those who only see other buildings.” -Kristin Asmus, senior biologist, environmentTrees can … El Camino Hospital Landscape Design, Mountain View, California, United States
  16. 16. Earth Day 2016 At AECOM, we bring a team approach to complex challenges. By connecting the expertise and insight from an unsurpassed range of professionals with experience in more than 140 countries, we find innovative solutions and deliver transformative outcomes.

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