Eco El Paso, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in El Paso, Texas, is thrilled to announce we have been selected to receive a Tree Grant from One Tree Planted, focused on creating Greenspaces across El Paso. One Tree Planted is a 501(c)3 environmental tree-planting nonprofit that plants trees around the world.
One Tree Planted Vision: We want to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Together we can restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world. We plant one tree with every dollar donated
Eco El Paso will be planting native or drought-tolerant trees at sites across El Paso:
Eco El Paso is proud to present our Tree Planting Program, Million Trees El Paso!
Million Trees El Paso is a program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for at least one million new native or drought-tolerant trees across the county, starting within underserved communities throughout the El Paso region. The goal is to restore the “tree canopy cover”—the area of land shaded by trees—in the Greater El Paso, TX region with a goal to reduce the heat island effect, while creating numerous environmental and aesthetic benefits. co El Paso will raise the money through donations and grant writing to purchase the trees for this program from local nurseries and tree farms.
This program will provide homeowners, schools, parks, and walking trails with free native or drought-tolerant trees in order to increase the tree canopy in El Paso. There are many benefits to trees, even in a hot desert climate like El Paso.
Trees will reduce the heat island effect and which can reduce the temperature of entire neighborhoods. Lower temperatures and shaded walking paths will encourage people to walk more, spend more time outside, and will reduce energy bills by reducing cooling costs. Lower energy bills will mean less water used by our electric utility to create electricity, less natural gas consumption by the utility and reduced carbon dioxide. Trees shade your yard or home, which reduces heat radiation that continues at night on concrete, asphalt, and rock yards. Trees are nice to look at, increase curb appeal, and provide much-needed shade in our hot-arid climate. Trees help reduce erosion, they clean the air, provide biodiversity, reduce climate change, and provide food for pollinators. We only focus on native or drought-tolerant trees that will thrive in the El Paso region.
A recent study in Baltimore, Maryland concluded that a 10% increase in tree canopy was associated with a roughly 12% decrease in crime. Read the article - Click Here.
New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation found that spending time around trees and looking at trees reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and improves mood. Numerous studies show that both exercising in forests and simply sitting looking at trees reduce blood pressure as well as the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Read the article - Click Here.
Trees clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, secure the land from erosion, provide habitat to biodiversity, provide jobs, provide medicines, absorb carbon, and help reduce climate change and global warming.