Thursday, November 9, 2017

The real value of urban trees

Increasing tree canopy in cities has a number of beneficial effects. They hold soil, reduce flooding and clean the air. Here are a few interesting factoids:

  • Denver saves an average of $6.7 million every year on energy costs alone because of the city’s urban forest. 
  • Roadside trees can reduce nearby indoor pollution by more than 50 percent
  • In Baltimore, a 10 percent increase in tree canopy corresponded to a 12 percent decrease in crime.

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