2010-08-27 / Letters

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Dear Editor,

Plant a tree. Reduce your carbon footprint. I have noticed that a trend in a lot of the new construction and renovations have been to remove all trees and shrubs and concrete everything over.

The Rockaways have a great history for beautiful landscaping. In addition to reducing our carbon footprint (The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2)), trees and shrubs offer a lot of benefits.

These benefits include providing a shady spot, (instead of a baking pan backyard, the alternative concrete offers), privacy, a place for birds to stop when passing through and not to mention the added beauty and resale value.

A small ornamental tree planted now can grow into a prized family heirloom in years to come. I encourage young couples building and renovating to make a small investment of time and money in landscaping now for decades of returns. Once established properly planted trees and shrubs require almost no additional



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