New Fact Sheets Reveal Important Green Space Benefits

There is new evidence linking green space to important environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits. In a series of fact sheets compiled from university and government research, Project EverGreen has uncovered important hidden values in the trees, turf and landscaping many urban dwellers take for granted.

“It’s important for homeowners to realize that green is much more than just a pleasing color,” says Den Gardner, executive director of Project EverGreen. “In looking at university and government research we found strong support for the practical advantages of maintaining and enhancing green spaces.” For example, the fact sheets describe:

  • Economic benefits – Studies show that landscaping can increase home value by as much as 11.3 percent.
  • Energy savings — Trees can reduce attic temperatures by as much as 40 degrees resulting in lower energy costs.
  • Natural resource protection — Proper landscape maintenance can protect water supplies by reducing runoff and preventing leaching into the soil.

The new fact sheets, including complete source information, are now accessible at http://www.projectevergreen.com/resources/index.html.

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