How to Grow a Forest in Your City

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As part of our efforts to promote professional development among city leaders, each week we’ll be featuring a new TED Talk focused on cities, community issues or local government. This week’s talk focuses on inspiring, civic-minded urban forestry projects, and is presented by TED Fellow Shubhendu Sharma.

Forests don’t have to be far-flung nature reserves, isolated from human life. Instead, we can grow them right where we are — even in cities. Eco-entrepreneur and TED Fellow Shubhendu Sharma grows ultra-dense, biodiverse mini-forests of native species in urban areas by engineering soil, microbes and biomass to kickstart natural growth processes. Follow along as he describes how to grow a 100-year-old forest in just 10 years, and learn how city leaders can join the party.

Paul Konz headshotAbout the Author: Paul Konz is the Senior Editor at the National League of Cities.