What you need to know about planting trees to make your home reach net zero energy and save money. Photo Credit: Scott Webb

A Guidebook On Tree Planting And Light-Colored Surfacing 

A primer on how to reduce the urban heat island effect by implementing effective mitigation strategies.

Summer temperatures in urban areas are now higher than in their rural surroundings, due to a phenomenon known as the “heat island effect.” Research shows that increases in electricity demand, smog levels, and human discomfort are linked to this phenomenon. Planting trees to provide shade and protection from winter winds, and lightening the color of building and pavement surfaces have the potential to significantly reduce energy use for cooling, and lower electrical bills.