Impact Areas

Root Nashville’s planting efforts are focused on key neighborhoods, in order to create an equitable tree canopy.

Priority Outcomes

Root Nashville has determined five priority outcomes for this campaign that address public health, equity, and environmental quality.

Equitable canopy distribution

Trees are not evenly distributed across our neighborhoods, and we aim to change that.

Promote public health

Trees improve respiratory health, especially for children with asthma.

Cool our city

Trees lower temperatures by providing shade and through the process of evapotranspiration.

Improve water quality

Trees reduce stormwater runoff and filter pollutants, enabling cleaner water to reach our waterways.

Diversify our canopy

The invasive Emerald Ash Borer (or EAB) has arrived in Nashville. The campaign is planting a diversity of species to help minimize these losses.


To identify the areas in Nashville with the greatest opportunity to meet these priority outcomes, the Root Nashville team created thresholds and maps for the following priority factors: 

Root Nashville synthesized this social and environmental data into a single map to reveal neighborhoods in Nashville that contain multiple priority factors.

Priority Neighborhoods

While Root Nashville seeks to plant trees all over Davidson County, philanthropic efforts are focused in these priority neighborhoods. To view these areas in detail using Google Maps, click the images below.