Chicago Saw Its Hottest Summer Ever. Here’s Why More Trees Could Be The Answer We Need.

How should cities address rising temperatures? One method could be urban forestry.

Chicago Saw Its Hottest Summer Ever. Here’s Why More Trees Could Be The Answer We Need.
Anna Pack rests underneath the trees at Lincoln Park zoo, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Chicago. AP Photo
Chicago Saw Its Hottest Summer Ever. Here’s Why More Trees Could Be The Answer We Need.
Anna Pack rests underneath the trees at Lincoln Park zoo, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Chicago. AP Photo

Chicago Saw Its Hottest Summer Ever. Here’s Why More Trees Could Be The Answer We Need.

How should cities address rising temperatures? One method could be urban forestry.

This summer was the hottest on record in Chicago’s history. And it’s not just a local issue. Phoenix, Las Vegas and even Death Valley, Calif., registered 130 degrees late last month — the highest temperature reading in history. So how should cities address rising temperatures? One method could be urban forestry.

Reset checks in with sustainability experts on what urban forestry is and what it can do for Chicago in its effort to combat climate change.

GUESTS: Karen Weigert, vice president at Slipstream; former chief sustainability officer for the city of Chicago

Daniella Pereira, vice president of community conservation for Open Lands