regreen
(REE.green) v. To restore an area that has suffered environmental damage. Also: re-green.

Example Citations:
Eggertsville, one of Amherst's oldest neighborhoods, has been the subject of much debate about how to revitalize it. Eggert Road has been particularly nettlesome, though.

The road is primarily residential but starts changing character where it intersects Sweet Home Road and Bailey, with mostly smaller businesses starting to appear. These days, many are vacant storefronts. Those that are in operation usually have no landscaping or other buffers, so the street ends up lined with parking lots.

Since the revitalization campaign started, some of Eggertsville's eyesores have been removed. And the town is now concentrating on trying to "regreen" by putting in landscaping to beautify streets.
—Niki Cervantes, "Eggert Road called a good match for seniors," The Buffalo News, January 2, 2003

As Latino NIMBYs gain a voice, many are choosing to rally around a four-mile stretch of the L.A. River that travels through some of the least fortunate neighborhoods in the city. Environmentalists have long believed that this depressing, industry-flanked stretch — running from Los Feliz/Atwater Village through Griffith Park, Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Lincoln Park and Chinatown to downtown Los Angeles — can be regreened.
—Jill Stewart, "Welcome, Latino NIMBYs! Los Angeles couldn't be saved without you," New Times Los Angeles, April 26, 2001

Earliest Citation:
Highland economic development does not merely mean food production. It mainly covers afforestation, industrial crop cultivation and animal husbandry, with a view to creating big and important sources of raw materials for the processing industry, and for export goods. It is also necessary to best tend, and rationally exploit, the forests endowed with precious wood, revive desolate forests, and regreen bare hills and open lands along the line of combining forestry and agriculture, while effectively preventing fires and wanton tree felling, to protect the environment. —Le Duan, "Le Duan Addresses Phu Khanh Cadres," BBC Summary of World Broadcasts," February 2, 1984

Notes:
Thanks to Paul Overberg for passing along this verb.

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