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Landscape Solutions for Energy Savings

Energy Conservation & Efficiency

Trees and Green Resources Play a Part

The American Clean Energy and Security Act, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on 6/26/09 cites the benefits of proper tree siting, including stormwater management, reduced energy load demand, and carbon sequestration.  Regardless of your political persuasion, the basic fact remains that trees produce shade, and shade helps to minimize home cooling demands.  That just makes good sense.

Another interesting aspect of the proposed legislation – one that also is “common sense” in my mind, is that it is wise to minimize the impact of construction on existing landscapes.

Finally, the bill requires the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to employ the use of green roofs, tree canopy coverage, and other site planning techniques to help reduce energy use in certain HUD facilities.  Those  are good techniques.  So is providing minimum green space and tree canopy cover.

I’m not sure that we need government setting all of the standards for us – I’m just idealistic enough to hope that some will do the right things without being told.

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