Resources for Gardening and Climate Change

(See here for resources on climate change in general)

  • Recent scientific literature (chronological; descending order)


Ko, Y. (2018). Trees and vegetation for residential energy conservation: A critical review for evidence-based urban greening in North America. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 34, 318-335.

Excerpt: “This review demonstrates that there is ample conceptual and empirical evidence to support trees’ energy saving benefits, especially the assertion “urban trees cool houses”, albeit with considerable variation in the magnitude of impacts and with a caution about how to carefully
interpret these benefits.”


Cleveland, D. A., Phares, N., Nightingale, K. D., Weatherby, R. L., Radis, W., Ballard, J., … Wilkins, K. (2017). The potential for urban household vegetable gardens to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Landscape and Urban Planning, 157, 365–374.

Nowak, D. J., Appleton, N., Ellis, A., & Greenfield, E. (2017). Residential building energy conservation and avoided power plant emissions by urban and community trees in the United States. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening21, 158-165.

Excerpt: Modeling tree effects on residential building energy use in urban/community areas in the United States reveals annual energy savings for space conditioning of about 7.2 percent, valued at $7.8 billion. 


Urban Forest Webinars – Forest Service

Various topics, including climate change, presented by urban forest experts.


Visscher, R. S., Nassauer, J. I., & Marshall, L. L. (2016). Homeowner preferences for wooded front yards and backyards: Implications for carbon storage. Landscape and Urban Planning, 146, 1–10. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.09.001 (click here)

Matthew R. Jorgensen. (2016). Vulnerability to Climate Change: Assessing Trees on the University of Oregon Campus. University of Oregon. (click here)

Abebe Nigussie, Thomas W.KuyperSander BruunAndreasde Neergaard (2016). Vermicomposting as a technology for reducing nitrogen losses and greenhouse gas emissions from small-scale composting.  Journal of Cleaner Production,  139, 429-439.


Johnston, M. R., Balster, N. J., & Zhu, J. (2015). Impact of Residential Prairie Gardens on the Physical Properties of Urban Soil in Madison, Wisconsin. Journal of Environment Quality.doi:10.2134/jeq2015.02.0093 (click here)


Whittinghill, L. J., Rowe, D. B., Schutzki, R., & Cregg, B. M. (2014). Quantifying carbon sequestration of various green roof and ornamental landscape systems. Landscape and Urban Planning, 123, 41–48.