Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Value of city’s street trees counted and growing; New Haven, CT

Value of city’s street trees growing- The New Haven Register - Serving Greater New Haven, CT
By Mary E. O’Leary, Register Topics Editor
NEW HAVEN — As the city looks at different ways to measure how sustainable it is, Chris Ozyck of the Urban Resources Initiative Tuesday would add the goal of increasing its tree canopy.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the New Haven Urban Design League, Ozyck said there are now ways to calculate the contribution of trees in dollars and cents for those not convinced that more trees should be planted simply for their beauty.

The league also presented Ozyck with the Urban Angel Award for his many contributions to environmental projects.

Ozyck and others at the Urban Resources Initiative have determined what the 30,508 street trees in New Haven save in terms of energy conservation, air quality improvement, carbon dioxide reduction and storm water control.

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