Energy Saving Trees
More Than 250 Trees Distributed Free to Residents + 250 More This Fall
Taking Root distributed 250 free trees to homeowners this spring through the Energy-Saving Trees Program in coordination with the Arbor Day Foundation, Natorp’s, and sponsorship from the Duke Energy Foundation. Homeowners in five communities planted the trees where they will produce the highest savings in their energy use and utility bills. Taking Root will distribute more trees to more communities this fall.
Energy-Saving Trees was developed by the Arbor Day Foundation to help reduce energy use by planting trees strategically. Participating homeowners receive free trees and use customized software that accounts for their yard, climate and other local data to identify the ideal planting location on their property that maximizes the energy savings from each tree.
The trees will provide longterm benefits throughout the communities of Arlington Heights, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Reading, and Woodlawn. Over the next 20 years, the 250 trees are projected to absorb and filter 2,230,400 gallons of storm water and sequester 414,300 pounds of carbon as well as save 107,300 kilowatt hours of energy. Research shows that trees raise property values, reduce stress, and provide numerous cost-saving health, social and environmental benefits.
“This Energy-Saving Trees partnership exemplifies our commitment to the environment and our customers” said Kim Vogelgesang, Duke Energy Foundation. “Duke Energy strives to be good stewards while working to educate customers about planting the right tree in the right place so we can continue to provide safe and reliable energy.”
Taking Root selected the five communities for the program kick-off by involving the OKI Regional Council of Governments. OKI provided environmental and demographic data for identifying areas within the region that have the most opportunity for energy saving benefits.
Natorp’s provided ten varieties of trees for residents to select from, ranging from ornamental to shade trees. “The selection we provided allowed residents options for all types of planting spaces and ensured diversity in the overall community’s tree canopy,” explained Pat Greeson, Natorp’s.
Participants first pre-reserved their trees through the Energy-Saving Trees website. Later, these 200 families from neighboring communities were greeted Gorman Heritage Farm on Earth Day and on Arbor Day as they picked up their trees. “We enjoy opportunities to provide services like this, that encourage our neighbors to plant trees at home for energy saving initiatives and where we can incorporate our mission to educate on agriculture, sustainability, and the environment with hands-on demonstrations by planting trees here on the Farm,” said Caroline Bear, Gorman Heritage Farm.
“This partnership between local businesses, local and regional government agencies and our national nonprofit businesses, government agencies and nonprofits illustrates the importance of energy savings in our local communities,” said Kristen Bousquet of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Not only do our partners see the value of getting trees into the hands of residents for the environmental impact, but the local residents are excited to claim the available trees, really illustrating the need for this program in their communities.”
In Reading, Parks Director Seth Redwine commented that “The Emerald Ash Borer has destroyed many trees across our community and most of our tree canopy in the parks. This program has provided our residents as well as the City of Reading Parks with oaks, maples, and other species adding to and improving our tree canopy health.”
In Lincoln Heights, this program enabled 16 redbud trees to be incorporated into the May 3rd ‘Green Up Jackson Street’ planting. “Trees were placed strategically to help reduce future energy costs as well as improve aesthetics along the Street”, said Linda Matthews, Executive Director Lincoln Heights CDC.
Since its inception in 2011, the Energy-Savings Tree program has partnered with more than 60 communities and partners, planting more than 250,000 trees throughout 37 of the United States.
Taking Root and its partners are looking forward to distributing more trees in this program to more communities this fall. Learn more at www.takingroot.info and follow Taking Root on Twitter and Facebook.
About Energy-Saving Trees
Energy-Saving Trees, a program of the Arbor Day Foundation is a research-based, easy-to-use online mapping tool that takes the guesswork out of tree planting. By entering simple information about your home and yard, the tool calculates where to specifically and strategically plant trees for the greatest energy- and money-saving benefits. Planting the right tree in the right place is key to maximizing the energy-saving benefits that trees provide. When planted properly, a single tree can save a homeowner up to 20% on energy costs. For more information, energysavingtrees.arborday.org.
About Taking Root
Taking Root is a collaborative, broad-based campaign to address the current historic loss of the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State region’s tree canopy by planting trees, better managing our local forests, promoting the many benefits of healthy trees, and fostering a sense of stewardship among individuals and communities. Learn more at www.takingroot.info and follow Taking Root on Twitter and Facebook.
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