Today, Representatives Doris Matsui (CA), John Sarbanes (MD), and Jeff Fortenberry (NE) introduced The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act.
The TREES Act incentivizes tree-planting programs that bring down energy consumption while sequestering excess carbon that exacerbates the climate crisis. It also pays special attention to environmental justice and equity concerns by giving priority to projects in underserved and disadvantaged areas.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) worked closely with congressional staff in drafting language for this legislation, much of which is included in the current version of the bill.
The TREES Act would:
- Create a grant program to fund tree-planting operations throughout the United States.
- Give priority consideration to projects in underserved and disadvantaged communities.
- Recognize successful projects by naming an “Arbor City of America” annually and awarding extra funding to projects in that area.
“As experts in blending the built and natural environments, landscape architects know first-hand the advantages of planting native, adaptive trees in projects and communities across the nation,” said Wendy Miller, FASLA, President of the American Society of Landscape Architects. “We’d like to thank Rep. Matsui, Rep. Sarbanes, and Rep. Fortenberry for all their work on this. ASLA is excited to support the TREES Act and is ready to do what we can to see it become law.”
Image: Plains | Prairie | Plateau: A Retreat at the Edge, Carbo Landscape Architecture / Photo by Marion Brenner