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The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Arbor Day Foundation Recognize Tempe as a Tree City

Tempe receives Tree Cities of the World designation

Post Date:02/04/2020 5:17 PM


The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Arbor Day Foundation Recognize Tempe as a Tree City

Tempe receives Tree Cities of the World designation

Tempe, AZ (February 4, 2020) – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Tempe, AZ with Tree Cities of the World designation. The international programme celebrates cities across all continents that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests.

To achieve recognition, Tempe met the five core standards: establish responsibility, set the rules, know what you have, allocate the resources and celebrate achievements.  

“The Tree Cities of the World programme recognizes the efforts cities take toward greener, healthier communities,” said Hiroto Mitsugi, assistant director general, Forestry Department, FAO. “The most successful urban landscapes are those that have factored trees into the plan. We applaud Tempe’s work to plant and care for its urban trees.”

“Tempe joins cities around the world that have taken steps toward robust and healthy city forests,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees clean our air and water, provide shade, and beautify the places we live and work. This designation signifies Tempe’s commitment to being a healthier, happier city.”

“Tempe is proud to be a Tree City of the World,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “Trees support a better quality of life for our residents by providing shade and cooling. They are allowing our city to be more multimodal and walkable. We have a tree canopy goal because it’s the right thing to do but we’re also happy to be recognized the efforts by city staff and our community to build a city that embraces trees. If we can inspire other cities around the globe to invest in their living infrastructure, it is well worth it.”

The Tree Cities of the World programme is built off the success of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program, which has provided recognition to cities within the United States for more than 40 years. The vision of the Tree Cities of the World programme is to connect cities around the world in a new network dedicated to sharing and adopting the most successful approaches to managing city trees and forests.

Trees provide multiple benefits to a city when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

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Sustainable Tempe

Tempe makes waves as a technology and business magnet, an inclusive, caring community and a hub for recreation and adventure. Sustainable Tempe is a robust and growing collection of programs that aim to innovate for the benefit of all. These services and initiatives include water and energy conservation, recycling, composting, urban forest, alternative transportation, sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship.


About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 350 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.

As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programmes, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at

About the FAO

Established in 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is a Specialized Agency of the United Nations system that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. The Organization is comprised of 194 Member States, 2 associate members and 1 member organization – The European Union. Its aim is to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living for all people in FAO member countries, to secure improvements in the efficiency of production and distribution of food and agricultural products, to ensure the sustainable management of natural resources and to contribute towards expanding the world economy and ensure humanity’s freedom from hunger. FAO is currently present in over 130 countries. 

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For more information, contact
Shannon Reed, Public Information Officer


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