With every customer enrollment, Clearview Energy works to make the world a greener place. Through our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, we are part of a global movement to slow climate change and plant trees where they are needed most.
Global warming is the result of excess greenhouse gases created by burning fossil fuels and destroying tropical rainforests. Heat from the sun, reflected from the earth, is trapped in this thickening layer of gases, causing global temperatures to rise. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major greenhouse gas. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car over the course of two years’ time, or roughly 26,000 miles.
Three trees placed strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent. By reducing the energy demand for cooling our houses, we reduce carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants.
Trees reduce runoff by breaking rainfall, thus allowing the water to flow down the trunk and into the earth below the tree. This prevents storm water from carrying pollutants to the ocean. When mulched, trees act like a sponge that filters this water naturally and uses it to recharge groundwater supplies.
Studies have shown that patients with views of trees from their windows heal faster and with fewer complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature. Exposure to trees and nature aids concentration by reducing mental fatigue.
Shade from trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.
In one year, an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.
Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide, and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
Sycamore and oak are among the many urban species that provide excellent urban homes for birds, bees, possums, and squirrels.
Trees can cool a city by up to 10°F by shading our homes and streets, breaking up urban “heat islands,” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
On hillsides or stream slopes, trees slow runoff and hold soil in place.