Why trees in urban areas?
Trees literally hold our island state together. They help define Hawai‘i’s sense of place, that special connection between our diverse cultures and the environment, the land and its people. While trees in urban areas may appear to have a different function than trees in the natural forest, they often are the first connection that communities have to nature.
Healthy Tree Equals =
Each year 100 large, mature street trees help create healthier communities by removing 19 tons of carbon dioxide and 372 pounds of other air pollutants.
Tree-lined commercial districts are better for business. People report more frequent and longer shopping and spend 12 percent more for goods when they shop in attractive settings.
Tree-filled neighborhoods are safer, reduce mental and physical stress, and encourage people to spend more time outdoors.
Energy Cost Savings
Trees provide shade and cooling, greatly reducing energy costs.
A healthy urban forest reduces erosion and filters pollutants significantly reducing runoff and the destruction of our valuable reefs.
Trees cost-effectively filter and improve water quality by reducing storm water runoff and flooding.