The value of green

Environmentally sound

  • Improved air and water quality
    • One tree can remove 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year
  • Reduced heat build-up, noise, and soil erosion
    • The attic of a tree-shaded home can be up to 40 degrees cooler
    • Sediment is Georgia’s number one water pollutant
  • Protection for lakes and streams
    • Runoff from hard surfaces carries 5.5 times more pollutants than runoff from green spaces

Economic value

  • Lower heating and cooling costs
    • Properly placed deciduous trees allow air conditioning units to run 2-4% more efficiently
  • Increased property values
    • Consumers value a landscaped home up to 11.3% higher than its base price
  • Improved worker productivity
    • Employees with views of green spaces experience less job pressure and greater job satisfaction

Quality of life

  • Community safety
    • Encourages gathering, promotes the feeling of community
    • Reduces crime, domestic violence, and aggression
  • Health
    • Green spaces have been found to lower blood pressure, relieve stress, reduce headaches, and lessen ADHD symptoms in children
  • Family safety
    • Encourages physical exercise and reduces sport-related injuries. 

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