|Can Money Actually Grow on Trees?|
Not exactly, but here is some food for thought.
The Arbor Day Foundation has something called the Tree Benefit Calculator enabling anyone to estimate the environmental and monetary benefits of trees in our urban environments.
Click here to try it! Enter your zip code, type of tree, its width and it will calculate the benefits by air quality, natural gas, electricity and property value.
Trees "pay" for themselves by -
Photo below is courtesy of the Arbor Day Foundation
- Filtering airborne
- Removing atmospheric
- Reducing stormwater
- Increasing the value of
- By shading buildings and paved surfaces they conserve energy
|Bite-sized takeaways from the conference|
Worth Checking Out:
National Geographic's Issue on water. See their website.
"Flow" Documentary film on water in theaters this fall. See trailer.
"Living Downstream" - Documentary film about cancer and its environmental links
Worth Noting :
- 30-58% of our nation's drinking water is used to irrigate crops
- Rain catchment systems in Brisbane Australia have reduced potable water usage by 40%.
- Having a 3" layer of mulch in your garden can reduce water usage by 20%.
|Are You Within Contra Costa's Water District? |
It is one of the few districts still offering rebates on irrigation equipment and on smart irrigation controllers.
Click on the links below for more information.
Commercial Irrigation Equipment Rebates
Smart Irrigation Controller Rebates (both residential and commercial)