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Trees Help Keep Palos Park Green
One of the most important things any of us can do to keep the Village “Green” is to realize the positive environmental impacts that trees have on our everyday lives. Understanding the importance of protecting, caring for and planting trees can be one of the most “green” things all of us can do to preserve our environmentally fragile eco-system. Here are some examples of how trees have a “green” impact on our environment:

“The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.”-U.S. Department of Agriculture

“Placing trees in landscape areas can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows and outside walls of a home.”-American Public Power Association.

“If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3% less. In 15 years, the savings will be nearly 12%.”-Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for Urban Forest Research.

“Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent.”-Management Informational Services/ICMA.

“One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.”-U.S. Department of Agriculture “Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10% to a property’s value.”-USDA Forest Service.

“The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment into streams.”-USDA Forest Service.

“In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minuets, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension.”-Dr. Roger S. Ulrich Texas A&M University.

“Trees are good for people too. People living in “greener” surroundings report lower