According to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, urban trees are 15 times more effective than forest trees at reducing the build-up of carbon dioxide and promoting energy conservation. Urban trees promote energy conservation by mitigating the urban heat island effect and reducing energy consumption. Nationally, urban forests cover 3.1% of total land area and are expected to rise to 8.1%% by 2050.
Urban forests provide an estimated $17 billion in ecosystem service benefits. Your trees:
- Improve air quality
- Reduce heating and cooling costs
- Sequester carbon
- Improve storm water management
- Increase property value
- Improve mental and physical health