Glen Ridge

Why Every Tree Makes a Difference

  • A single tree can sequester 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide in a 50-year lifespan.
  • Shade from the same tree will reduce solar radiation by 90%, making it equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners running 20 hours a day.
  • Each tree removes up to 8.4 pounds of air pollutants annually.
  • Trees reduce the urban heat island effect by as much as 10 degrees through transpiration of water into the atmosphere.
  • Trees improve water quality by slowing run-off and filtering pollutants and suspended solids from rain water.
  • Trees and quality landscaping add about 6 - 10% to real estate values.
  • Trees supply the oxygen in the air we need to breathe.
  • Trees keep our air supply fresh by absorbing carbon dioxide, making them the most efficient and cost effective way for our community to improve air quality.
  • Trees lower air temperatures by evaporating water in their leaves.
  • Trees cut down noise pollution by acting as sound barriers.
  • Trees provide shade and shelter, reducing yearly heating and cooling costs.
  • Trees filter microscopic organisms and pollutants from water through sequestration, while also preventing flooding and erosion.
  • Trees add as much as 20% to Glen Ridge real estate values.