Tree Facts & Information
Amazing Tree Facts
What are trees doing for our neighborhoods & communities? Much more than you might expect. Learn a little more about the amazing things trees are doing for us on a daily basis!
Trees serve as nature’s filters, and play a vital role in removing pollutants from the air and our water systems.
Trees provide valuable shade that can reduce temperatures by an average of 10°. Trees properly planted near buildings will also help reduce energy usage needed for cooling.
Planting of urban trees is an inexpensive and effective measure that can be used to combat Urban Heat Island effects.
Trees planted along roadways near homes can reduce indoor air pollution by up to 50%.
Trees not only improve upon the beauty of a neighborhood but they can increase resident’s health and mental well-being.
Planting urban fruit trees can help promote food sustainability and reduce food deserts & food insecurity.
“The average tree absorbs an average of 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds, of carbon dioxide per year for the first 20 years.”
Numerous studies have shown the positive societal impacts that trees have, including helping to reduce crime. Research shows that there is a strong association between increased tree cover and lower crime rates, even after accounting for socio-economic variables such as income, housing age, ruralness, race, and housing type.
Planting trees along roadways can reduce noise pollution for neighboring areas by 10+ decibels on average. Trees have also shown to be better at reducing noise pollution than synthetic barriers.
Trees are good for business. Studies have shown that consumers respond positively to shopping environments with healthy urban forests. Shaded Business Districts have shown an 11% increase in business.
Tress can do even more financially than help reduce energy usage of cooling your home. The presence of mature trees on a property can increase a home’s value between 7-19%.
Studies in cities across the country have shown a 2-5 time return on investment of urban tree planting campaigns based on lowered energy costs, improved stormwater drainage, increased property values, and improved water & air quality.