Lawrenceville (comprised of Upper, Central, and Lower Lawrenceville) is considered to be a low tree canopy neighborhood, with a combined existing tree canopy cover of 23%. Pittsburgh’s city-wide tree canopy average is 42%. Lawrenceville also has diverse land use types from an industrial riverfront to a bustling commercial corridor and dense residential hillside. Lawrenceville suffers from elevated surface temperatures and compromised air quality.
ReLeaf Lawrenceville is a plan and program to educate residents and business owners about the benefits of trees and increase the overall tree canopy cover. The plan is comprised of different programs to target many landowners including residential homeowners, industrial property owners, commercial property owners, cemeteries, and community spaces. This provides an opportunity for a more localized approach to connect land users to the urban forest.