Ecosystem services of urban trees

Last week we visited the Shanghai Roots & Shoots organization. They are planting one million trees in Inner Mongolia to mitigate desertification and offset greenhouse emissions. At the same time, Roots & Shoots educators want to inform people about a number of other ecosystem services provided by trees. It has reminded me about a one-pager “Ecosystem Services of Urban Trees,” which we have created last year for the Urban Silviculture research and education project (PI: Gretchen Ferenz) in the Urban Environment Program at Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC.

Download: Ecosystem Services of Urban Trees.


Future Cities, Future Citizens

Future Cities, Future Citizens was a seminar in Shanghai last week. Organized by the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), the seminar gathered researchers and students from several countries who presented their urban environmental projects. I collaborated with SRC through the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University last summer. I worked with students and an educator at Rocking the Boat in the Bronx, New York City, to describe the impact of their oyster reef restoration project on ecosystem services. We have submitted our data to the Urban Planet Atlas, and then students prepared and conducted a presentation at the seminar in Shanghai.

Download: 2010-Shanghai

Link: Rocking the Boat travel blog

Photo below: Alex Severino and Govin Baichu (students) and Dawn Henning (educator) conducting a presentation at the Nordic Light House in Shanghai.

The Bronx students met with students from Sweden, Kenya, China and India, and shared their environmental restoration and monitoring projects.

Dawn, Govin and Alex – thank you for your thank you card! – Alex

Urban Planet Atlas

Urban Planet Atlas ( is developed by the Stockholm Resilience Centre to engage youth in the exploration of ecosystem services and collaborative green urban planning. Dawn Henning, an educator in Rocking the Boat in the Bronx, introduces her students to the project. Rocking the Boat plan to submit the information on oyster restoration in the Bronx River to the Atlas and present this project at the Future Cities Future Citizens seminar at the World Expo in Shanghai in fall 2010.