Vibrant Cities Lab

Vibrant cities cultivate thriving urban forests that boost public health, safety, sustainability and economic growth. A city’s green infrastructure — trees, vegetation and water — is just as important as its roads, pipes and power lines.

Decades of research shows that our urban forests deliver measurable economic benefits, reduce strain on hard infrastructure and improve people’s health and quality of life. Urban forests are economical and effective.

Vibrant Cities Lab is a joint project of the U.S. Forest Service, American Forests and the National Association of Regional Councils. Together, these groups merge the latest research with best practices to implement green infrastructure projects in your community.

This website provides one-stop-shopping to help city managers, policymakers and advocates build thriving urban forest programs. It contains research, case studies, guides, a toolkit and many other resources. Check it out at

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