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Planting ‘Healing Power’ Trees in Low-Income Neighborhoods

Planting ‘Healing Power’ Trees in Low-Income Neighborhoods

Planting ‘Healing Power’ Trees in Low-Income Neighborhoods
Have you ever noticed the difference in tree distribution in so-called ‘good neighborhoods’ versus so-called ‘bad neighborhoods?’ City neighborhoods or districts with more wealth tend to have more trees, but that may not always be the case in the future, as non-profit and corporate partners are creating a sort of Civilian Conservation Corps for urban tree planting. American Forests, the non-profit, and TAZO Tea, the corporation, have teamed up to create TAZO Tree Corps—a paid, locally hired workforce that will increase and maintain the tree canopy in lower-income urban areas. Trees play all kinds of roles in cities. Along with helping to filter the air and prevent flooding, a few trees together on and around a street can cool down asphalt and the air. This also helps reduce energy demands for air conditioning and heating—saving people $7.8 billion nationwide annually to be exact—thereby saving energy and reducing emissions, too. Then there are all the health benefits for mind and spirit and good health.
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Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

How did sustainability start for Tony’s? Our sustainability journey can be traced back to 2002, when we began sourcing Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown coffee. Since then, we moved to 100% green power, doubled our roasting efficiency, offset our roastery’s carbon footprint, and continue to support causes that we care about. Our commitment to sourcing…

Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

Aslan Brewing Company, a member of Sustainable Connections, is based in Bellingham, WA and was founded in 2012. From the beginning, every decision the Aslan founders made was through the lens of sustainability. When Aslan opened its brewpub doors in May of 2014, team members focused on crafting world-class beer with local ingredients and low-impact…

Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

Buckminster Fuller once said, “In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called.” Colleen Unema combined her educator mindset with a…

California testing solar-paneled canals

California testing solar-paneled canals

The Turlock Irrigation District approved a pilot project testing the construction of solar panels over canals in the San Joaquin Valley. Key takeaways: The decision was based on research demonstrating that covering the 4,000 miles of California’s water canals with solar panels could reduce evaporation by as much as 82%, saving up to 63 billion…

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