Adopt a Tree for a Business

MillionTreesNYC performs outreach to local businesses and neighborhood partnerships to provide retail outlets with tree care resources. Contact us if you would like to get involved!

"Green retailing" is all the rage in the marketing world and nothing says "green" like a healthy tree. Trees mean clean air and water, lower energy bills and higher property values, all in one convenient package. And trees mean "green" in more ways than one. Studies have found that tree-lined retail districts encourage more frequent visits, more time spent shopping and more spending by consumers (Journal of Forestry, 2005). MillionTreesNYC can help merchants harness the power of trees to improve the look and appeal of their stores and shopping districts.


Engaging Communities

MillionTreesNYC staff, partner organizations, and volunteers perform outreach to local businesses and neighborhood partnerships to provide retail outlets with tree care resources.

Check out the many businesses we've engaged already and feel free to contact us if your community wants to be involved!

Volunteer with the Environmental Action Association talking to a business owner

Volunteers with the Environmental Action Association reach out to store owners in Midtown Manhattan.

The Human Impacts Institute goes door-to-door to promote tree care in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Eduard's Salon in Midwood, Brooklyn

MillionTreesNYC volunteer helps prune the Linden tree outside of Eduard's Salon in Midwood, Brooklyn. This tree is cared for regularly by salon staff, too.

Growing Together

  • Trees in commercial settings are attractive to shoppers
  • Flowers are beautiful additions to a tree bed that can distinguish your store or business district and enhance the shopping experience
  • Planting trees is a clear, green message to your customers, many of whom are drawn to businesses that give back to their community and are environmentally responsible.
  • Caring for trees taps into the public's growing commitment to sustainability and the environment
  • Shoppers give higher customer service ratings in districts with trees (Center for Urban Horticulture, 1998).

Join the Green Team

  • Play a leading role in supporting the health and vitality of your trees.
  • Schedule a comprehensive "green block" consultation for your business improvement distric or merchants association by emailing [email protected].
  • Enlist our Stewardship Corps and proudly display the "We Grow Together" decal to let your customers know you support MillionTreesNYC.
  • Tell is via Facebook, Twitter or email about the steps you are taking to care for trees in your community, and we will promote your efforts!
  • Check out the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Greening Up Your Storefront brochure for a few ideas about sprucing up your retail space!

Find more information on how trees benefit our city and its businesses by consulting the New York City Municipal Forest Resource Analysis report, and the United States Department of Agriculture's Assessing Urban Forest Effects and Values report.