New Urban Forestry Site Provides Help to Conserve Energy

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A new online resource is available to help answer questions about purposefully selecting, planting and maintaining trees for energy conservation. 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. The Trees for Energy Conservation site is at http://www.extension.org/trees_for_energy_conservation

The site offers a highly interactive experience through hyperlinked articles, frequently asked questions, Ask an Expert, and guided learning lessons.

“Our goal is to be a 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. Trees are one of the most cost effective tools and simultaneously provide many other benefits.”

Featured articles include:
• How Does Urban Forestry Relate to Energy Conservation?
• Benefits of the Urban Forest
• What Can I Do to Promote Energy Conservation with Trees in My Community?
• Choosing the Best Landscape Trees for Home Energy Conservation
• Sources of Assistance in Urban Tree Care for Energy Conservation
• Energy Conservation through Tree Planting: Tips for Renters
• eLearn Urban Forestry: Online Training in Urban Forestry

“We provide answers 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. Learn about the experts at http://www.extension.org/pages/67785/meet-our-experts

About eXtension
America’s Research-based Learning Network — www.extension.org — is a learning environment delivering sound, science-based information. eXtension is part of Cooperative Extension that takes university-based research and turns it into practical information you can use to solve today’s problems and develop skills to build a better future. Experts provide information in more than 60 resource areas including agriculture and animals, natural resources, community and economics, energy and environment, home and family, and yard and garden.

Sources:
Raina M. Sheridan, University of Georgia, rsheridan@sref.info
William Hubbard, Southern Regional Extension Forester, whubbard@sref.info
Writer: Lynette Spicer, eXtension, lynette.spicer@eXtension.org