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How Trees Fight Climate Change in Your Community

Shaded Community
Neighborhood and street trees provide shade for streets and parking areas, add to the value of your property, cool the air, and absorb carbon dioxide.
  • Neighborhoods with well-shaded streets can be up to 6–10° F cooler than neighborhoods without street trees, reducing the heat-island effect (see illustration below), and reducing energy needs. (U.S. Forest Service Center for Urban Forest Research)

  • Shaded parking lots keep automobiles cooler, reducing emissions from fuel tanks and engines, and helping reduce the heat-island effect in communities. (U.S. Forest Service)

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