The U.S. Conference of Mayors


WHEREAS, America's mayors are committed to improving energy efficiency across the country; and,

WHEREAS, reducing domestic demand for energy is one of the central components of a comprehensive strategy to fight global warming; and

WHEREAS, energy devoted to heating and cooling homes accounts for more than half of all residential electricity usage in the United States; and

WHEREAS, strategically-planted trees serve the dual purpose of creating shade in the summer and protection from cold winds during the winter; and

WHEREAS, shade trees planted in targeted locations near homes can reduce residential electrical demand by up to 25 percent in the summer and up to 30 percent in the winter; and

WHEREAS, urban trees absorb carbon dioxide, ozone, nitrogen, and cancer-causing particulate matter pollution; and

WHEREAS, certain West Coast cities have generated a $2.80 return investment on every dollar spent to expand urban tree cover; and

WHEREAS, the City of Sacramento, California in partnership with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the Sacramento Tree Foundation have already helped conserve 16 megawatts of electricity by distributing over 400,000 free shade trees to rate-paying customers;FGFRFC

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors affirms the effectiveness of strategically-planted shade trees in improving energy efficiency; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages the development of federal policies to expand proven residential tree-planting programs in cities and communities across the country; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors pledges to work with federal policymakers to broaden the use of strategically-planted trees with the aim of increasing residential energy efficiency, improving public health, and fighting global warming.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
1620 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Tel. 202.293.7330 ~ Fax 202.293.2352