Trees are the lungs, water filters, and air conditioners of our cities as they clean the air, purify surface water, and cool urban heat islands. According to the article “The Power of Trees — Investing in Natural Capital” by a Virginia Tech research group, trees provide more than $400 billion in stormwater, air quality, and energy benefits every year in the United States.
On a smaller scale, a large tree in your front yard can save you about $29 in summertime AC costs, absorb 10 pounds of air pollutants, intercept 760 gallons of rainfall in its crown, and clean 330 pounds of carbon dioxide.
Furthermore, trees are good because they…
- clean the air, purify surface water, and cool urban heat islands
- Enhance aesthetics
- Make us feel safe
- Block bursts of wind
- Provide wildlife habitats
- Have a traffic calming effect
- Decrease aggressive behavior
- Reduce stress
- Provide a space for children to play
- Create buffer zones
- Provide shade
- Increase community pride
So, plant a tree and reap the rewards!