A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Neill Sullivan manages SMC, LLC, and REO Homes, LLC, the latter of which specializes in the restoration of vintage houses. Through his position with both companies, Neill Sullivan has played an active role in beautifying West Oakland by planting hundreds of trees.
A 2012 report compiled by an environmental group in Indianapolis highlighted the numerous benefits of planting trees in urban areas. Aside from improving air quality and reducing carbon dioxide, the benefits of urban planting range from energy saving to community building.
Referencing a University of Illinois study, the report notes that urban areas with a high volume of trees have fewer and less-violent crimes than those without. Ultimately, the greener the neighborhood, the lower the crime rate. Separate studies showed that trees not only reduce noise pollution in neighborhoods, but also have relaxing qualities and numerous healing powers. For instance, the presence of trees outside a home can reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, limiting the possibility of skin cancer.