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What Can Trees Do For My Community?. Trees Help Reduce The Greenhouse Effect. Issue: Poor air quality present in many regions of South Carolina help increase the Greenhouse Effect.

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Trees Help Reduce The Greenhouse Effect

Issue: Poor air quality present in many regions of South Carolina help increase the Greenhouse Effect.

  • The greenhouse effect is the rise in temperature that the Earth experiences because certain gases in the atmosphere trap energy from the sun.
  • Approximately half of the greenhouse effect is caused by carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • Trees remove CO2 during photosynthesis.
  • Carbon is stored in their trunks, branches, and leaves while they release oxygen back into the air.
trees reduce air pollutants
Trees Reduce Air Pollutants

Issue: Air pollutants released from industry expansion

and transportation exhaust cause health issues.

  • Pollutant removal is critically important for those suffering from

respiratory and other diseases.

  • Trees help reduce these pollutants, as well as improve air quality.
  • Trees rooted in city streets help reduce up to 60% of particulates (small particles emitted in smoke from burnt fuel).
urban forests protect water quality and prevent erosion
Urban Forests Protect Water Quality and Prevent Erosion

Issue: Erosion, flooding, and storm water management are costly community issues.

  • Trees help prevent erosion and flooding.
  • They also reduce the amount of storm water that flows into drainage areas, which reduces water pollution.
  • Trees reduce topsoil erosion, slow down water run-off, prevent absorption of harmful land pollutants, and replenish our groundwater supplies.
trees help conserve energy
Trees Help Conserve Energy

Issue: High energy costs Americans millions of dollars a year.

  • 2 billion dollars of energy can be saved through the use of three trees per un-shaded home.
  • Properly landscaped homes can save up to 58% on daytime air conditioning, which can reduce oil consumption by 500,000 barrels per day nationwide.
  • Energy consumption can be reduced by 30% in the winter, and 20 % in the summer.
trees increase business
Trees Increase Business

Issue: Poor landscaped areas decrease sales.

  • Shoppers are willing to pay for parking and up to 12% more for goods and services in tree-lined commercial districts.
  • Customers shop more frequently and for longer periods of times in well-landscaped business districts.
trees increase property values
Trees Increase Property Values

Issue: Homeowners’ poorly landscaped yards have negative effects on property value.

  • Property valued of landscaped homes are 5-20% higher than those of non-landscaped homes.
  • Each large front yard tree adds 1% to price, and large specimen trees can add 10% or more to property values.
trees help save money
Trees Help Save Money

Issue: Pollution removal and high energy prices are costly for local governments and tax payers.

  • Pollution removal in large cities can reach 9 million dollars a year.
  • Trees can help save these cities by:
    • Reducing energy needs and bills by providing shade homes and office buildings.
    • Generating $31,250 worth of oxygen over a 50 year time period.
For more information:

SC Forestry Commission

Community Forestry Program



The Jim Self Center on the Future

Strom Thurmond Institute

Clemson University