Palo Alto Earns 5th Consecutive Tree Line USA Award

Utility is recognized for delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community trees

Palo Alto Earns 5th Consecutive Tree Line USA Award

For the fifth year in a row, the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has been recognized with the Tree Line USA award by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Line USA promotes the dual goals of delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community trees.

The Arbor Day Foundation told CPAU that, "your commitment to proper tree-care practice benefits your customers in numerous ways, including providing cleaner air and water, increasing property values and improving quality-of-life. Trees also conserve energy and reduce peak demand, a crucial benefit to customers and providers alike." 

The Foundation continued with, "If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, and energy use. City of Palo Alto Utilities is stepping up to do its part. As a result of your commitment to effective urban forest management, you are helping to provide a solution to these global challenges."

Tree Line USA recognizes CPAU for training employees in quality tree-care practices, educating the public about planting trees for energy conservation and helping homeowners plant appropriate trees near utility lines. This not only helps provide beautiful trees for the future, but also yields long-term savings for our utility customers.

Tree Line USA is awarded to utilities exceeding these five core standards criteria:

  1. Quality Tree Care ensures that industry standards for pruning, planting, removals, trenching, and tunneling near trees are consistently followed.
  2. Annual Worker Training for Utility employees and contract workers.
  3. Tree Planting and Public Education programs are available to the public and paying customers, demonstrating proper tree planting, placement, and pruning, while expanding the tree canopy in the community.
  4. Tree-Based Energy Conservation Program places special consideration on the value of trees in conserving energy.
  5. Arbor Day Celebration events are sponsored or participated in annually, including collaboration with community groups.

Tree Line USA is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. The award recognizes public and private utilities for pursuing practices that protect and enhance America‚Äôs urban trees. 

Palo Alto is among an elite group of communities that are recognized as a Tree City USA, designated a Tree Line USA Utility, and also a Tree Campus USA with Stanford. This trio of honors is testament to our community's commitment to preserving the health of our urban canopy, as well as the collaborative management approach that exists among City staff. Congratulations to our entire team working toward these mutual goals!

The City of Palo Alto offers a Right Tree, Right Place program, which aims to help people avoid planting trees that could pose a conflict to power lines.  The program delivers education on planting appropriate tree species in suitable spaces, as well as rebates for removing obstructive trees and toward the purchase of specific tree species. 

Read more about the City of Palo Alto's Urban Forestry program at

More information about Tree Line USA can be found at

Last Updated: March 18, 2019