They’re taking root now, and soon more than 5,000 trees that TXU Energy helped plant across Texasthis year will start providing benefits that will last for decades.
Based on USDA Forest Service formulas, the trees planted this year willdeliver $23.25 million in environmental benefits during a 40-year lifespan.That includes more than $286,000 a year in energy savings and more than$150,000 per year in storm-water benefits.
“These trees deliverincredible benefits, from cooling shade to pollution abatement and theprevention of soil erosion,” said Jon Bennett, director of community affairsfor TXU Energy. “On top of all of that, the trees we plant increase the qualityof life for everyone in Texas.”
Through its Committed to Community Growthprogram, TXU Energyworks with the Texas Trees Foundation to provide and plant trees in publicareas around the state, including neighborhood associations, schools, nonprofitorganizations and municipalities. Together, TXU Energy and the foundationmaintain TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm and Education Center, the country’slargest nonprofit urban tree farm.
Since 2002, TXU Energyhas worked with the foundation to plant 191,000 trees.
“Planting trees in thecommunities where we and our customers live, work and play is a great way to liveout our commitment to growth across Texas,” Bennett said. “TXU Energy doesn’tstop at providing the funding for tree plantings. We dedicate the time of ouremployees and executives to put trees in the ground, allowing us to work side byside with leaders and residents of the communities we serve.”
Plans are underway foradditional tree plantings in 2014 with spring and the end of the summer servingas primary planting times.