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Today’s critical isues of climate change demand real solutions. Trees assist communities in energy conservation, carbon sequestration, and water management. Learn more below!

How to Plant Trees

  • Click on the link for planting instructions: How to Plant

Energy Conservation

Fact: It is estimated that an additional one million strategically placed trees could save $10 million in energy costs in a city similar in size and climate to Albuquerque!

  • Trees save 10 to 30 percent of total summer air conditioning when placed on the west and south side of a building, and trees save 10 to 25 percent of winter heating costs by allowing sun through leafless branches or blocking winter wind.
  • Trees reduce the “heat island” effect of concrete, asphalt, and other hard surfaces by 5 to 10 degrees
  • Trees are a key factor in reducing consumer energy costs, and by avoided energy purchase and production costs.

Carbon Sequestraton

Fact: A single tree reduces the same amount of atmospheric CO2 as released by a typical car driven 388 miles!

  • Trees absorb one ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) over its normal lifetime. The average person in the US generates approximately 2.3 tons of CO2 every year. Which means, if you live to the age of 80 years, you can plant 1,840 trees to mitigate your carbon debt!
  • Trees mitigate the levels of particulate matter (dust and vehicle emissions) – air pollution – that causes diseases in children and adults
  • Trees minimize health problems related to sun damage such as skin cancer, cornea damage, and heat stroke.

Water

Fact: Statistically, 100 mature trees catch about 250,000 gallons of rainwater per year, decreasing polluted runoff and soil erosion!

  • A fully grown tree releases several hundred gallons of water through its leaves and gives off vapor that falls to earth as rain, snow, or sleet.
  • Trees significantly reduce and clean stormwater run-off by holding rainfall on the leaves, branches and bark, and by absorbing surface runoff, making the threats of flooding less likely.
  • Trees reduce flooding and run-off of up to 30 percent by intercepting rain and snowfall of polluted stormwater, and mitigate the costly need for construction of stormwater infrastructure and water quality improvements.
  • Trees make the soil more porous, preventing erosion through stormwater runoff
  • Trees recharge the aquifer by absorbing rain, snow and irrigation water.

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