Trees Improve Our Air
Planting trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of sequestering excess
CO2 from the atmosphere.
Trees Protect Our Water
Trees act as natural pollution filters. Their canopies, trunks, roots, and associated
soil and other natural elements of the landscape filter polluted particulate matter out of the flow toward the storm sewers.
Reducing the flow of storm water reduces the amount of pollution that is washed into a drainage area. Trees use nutrients
like nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium by-products of urban living which can pollute streams.
Trees Save Energy
Homeowners that properly place trees in their landscape can realize savings up to 58% on
daytime air conditioning and as high as 65% for mobile homes. If applied nationwide to buildings not now benefiting
from trees, shade could reduce our nation's consumption of oil by 500,000 barrels of oil a day.
Trees Can Increase Traffic Safety
Trees can enhance traffic calming measures such as narrower streets, extended curbs,
roundabouts, etc. Tall trees give the perception of making a street feel narrower, slowing people down. Closely
spaced trees give the perception of speed (they go by very quickly), slowing people down. A treeless street enhances
the perception of a street being wide and free of hazard, increasing speed.
Trees Can Improve Economic Sustainability
Trees enhance community economic stability by attracting businesses and tourists.
Apartments and offices in wooded areas rent more quickly and have higher occupancy rates.
Businesses leasing office spaces in developments with trees find their workers more
productive and absenteeism is reduced.
Trees Can Increase Real Estate Values
Property values can increase 5-15% (depends on species, maturity, quantity and location)
when trees are added compared to properties without trees.
Information used by permission of Colorado Tree Coalition www.coloradotrees.org/benifits.htm