About This Video
Our neighborhood won $2,000 in the City of Takoma Park Neighborhood Energy Challenge and spent it on trees! Why? Because trees are an essential part of our lives and provide a whole host of benefits. We share those benefits and more.
The Neighborhood Energy Challenge was a motivational contest to encourage our city’s residents to reduce their energy consumption as part of the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize Competition.
Benefits of Trees
Check out all these benefits of trees! They
- help clean our air and drinking water
- contribute to our health
- provide us with oxygen
- cool surface and air temperatures
- reduce the effects of climate change
- save us energy
- provide a habitat for wildlife
- reduce crime
- increase our property values
- serve as a good investment of public funds
Learn more about these great benefits.
Where to Get Trees
Visit your local nursery to select the tree of your choice, but be sure to select a tree species that is native to your area. Not sure of what trees to plant? The Arbor Day Foundation has a Tree Wizard to assist you. For a $10 membership, you can get 10 trees from The National Arbor Day Foundation.
How to Plant Trees
Our friends at Casey Trees have very simple and helpful tips including how to select, plant, and care for your tree. They even have helpful videos!
Don’t Need a Tree, But Want to Help Others?
Trees for the Future is dedicated to ending extreme hunger and poverty across Sub-Saharan Africa by revitalizing degraded lands through teaching farmers how to plant trees. Their Forest Garden program helps farmers plant specific types of trees and crops in a systematic manner over a four year period. This provides families with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, fuel wood and up to a 500% increase in their annual income.
We’d Love to Hear from You
Have you ever planted a tree? What did you plant? How did it go? Let us know in the comments section below.
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