New Urban Forestry Site Provides Help to Conserve Energy

New Urban Forestry Site Provides Help to Conserve Energy

A new online resource is available to help answer questions regarding energy conservation by purposefully selecting, planting and maintaining trees.  A national research and education based website, eXtension, supported by 74 land-grant universities, has launched this resource for homeowners, tree care professionals, business and community leaders and others and is available at Trees for Energy Conservation.

The site offers a highly interactive experience through hyperlinked articles, answers to frequently asked questions, ask-an-expert, and guided learning lessons.

"Our goal is to be useful and adaptable resource for everyone interested in how trees can help save energy, " said Adam Downing, Extension Agent with Virginia Tech.  "We know businesses, educators, citizen scientists, homeowners, environmentalists and others are interested in conserving energy in general.  Trees are one of the most cost effective tools in the box and simultaneously provide many other benefits."

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  • eLearn Urban Forestry:  Online Training in Urban Forestry


"We provide answer for everyday questions that come from individuals, " said William Hubbard, Southern Regional Extension Forester, "Experts from across the country contribute to the site and respond to current energy and conservation issues."

Leaders and contributors of content for the Trees for Energy Conservation resource area represent all regions and several professional sectors including federal and state agencies, municipalities, Extension and academia.  Meet our experts!


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