Posted by: bluesyemre | July 19, 2017

How green is your city? These maps and indexes compare #GreenSpaces around the world

The value of trees and plants in the urban environment is well documented: they improve air quality, shade against heat and provide an antidote to congestion, traffic and the pace of city life. Making available significant ‘green’ living space is now virtually mandatory for cities around the world. But are they up to scratch?

To answer this question reliably, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) teamed up with World Economic Forum to create Treepedia, a website which measures and compares cities’ green canopies.


Using Google Street View data, Treepedia is a tool for both city planners and dwellers. Urbanites can inspect the location and size of trees in their neighbourhoods as well as input their own data and request for more trees to be planted where they live.

In addition to visualising cities’ green spaces, a metric called the ‘Green View Index’ helps city planners to evaluate and compare green canopy coverage relative to other global cities.


% of public green space (parks and gardens)

The Green City Index

Urban Europe – statistics on cities, towns and suburbs – green cities

Treepedia (Exploring the Green Canopy in cities around the world)

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