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You’re Invited: Tree Planting Events in Ontario April 28, May 5 & May 9, 2012

Did you know that trees provide health, economic and environmental benefits to you and your neighbourhood?

Trees in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

  • can store 2.6 tons of carbon (pollution) per acre of trees annually,
    • and concomitantly gives enough oxygen daily for 18 people
  • provide relief for city residents by softening the harsh texture of concrete buildings and landscape
  • offer privacy screens
  • provide protection from the sun’s UV rays
  • provide natural habitats for birds, insects and other wildlife
  • help prevent soil erosion
    • also, help prevent flooding
  • provide tree canopy so that air temperatures are lowered considerably in streets and parking lots
    • City areas without tree cover are known as “heat islands” which can cause cities to be five to nine degrees warmer than surrounding areas.
  • boost the City’s image and can help attract residents, tourists and investors
  • can increase the value of homes significantly
  • deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides of a house can reduce air conditioning needs substantially
  • evergreens planted on the north side of a house act as windbreaks, lowering winter heating costs by up to 10 per cent
  • for every 5 per cent of tree cover area added to a community, storm water run-off is reduced by approximately 2 per cent
  • in 50 years, one tree can:
    • generate $30,000 in oxygen,
    • recycle $35,000 of water,
    • and eliminate pollutants that would otherwise cost $60,000 to remove from the air

Thus, trees “with their health, economic and environmental benefits are the lifelines of our city.”

You are invited to the following great tree planting events in Ontario, Canada:

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Community Frugal Crowd Green Health & Wellness

You’re Invited: Toronto Neighbourhood Greening Workshops Feb.25 & 26, 2012

LEAF – Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests informs us about Toronto and Region Conservation Authority‘s (TRCA’s) upcoming FREE events:

You're Invited: Toronto Neighbourhood Greening Workshops Feb.25 & 26, 2012
You're Invited: Toronto Neighbourhood Greening Workshops Feb.25 & 26, 2012

Visions for a Green Neighbourhood:

Neighbourhood Greening Workshop

FREE

February 25 – 26

Join TRCA and our partners to help create a Neighbourhood Greening Plan for your community. Share your visions and help put ideas into action

  • Bring the family for enviro-themed kids’ activities

  • Local experts and designers will present innovative ideas and examples of greening projects in your community

  • Fill out a survey and be entered to win a $100 gift card to Home Depot

  • Learn about ways to save money

  • Cost: FREE. Light refreshments will be provided

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Community Frugal Crowd Green Health & Wellness

You’re Invited: February 2012 Events from LEAF’s Green Itinerary

You're Invited: February 2012 Events from LEAF's Green Itinerary
You're Invited: February 2012 Events from LEAF's Green Itinerary

LEAF ( Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) invites you to start the New Year with the following FREE green events in February 2012:

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Community Green Health & Wellness Videos

Please Ask Your Toronto Councillor to Increase Urban Forestry Funding, Before Nov. 29, 2011

This documentary video, put together by Mike and Luke Sargent, highlights the issues affecting the urban forest in Toronto and what LEAF – Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests is doing to foster a sense of stewardship amongst our residents:

Here is a letter  from LEAF – Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests – urging Canadians in Toronto, Ontario, to let Councillors know before Tuesday, November 29th, that healthy trees are a priority in your neighbourhoods which require tree protection and planting:

“11/24/2011

Dear friends and supporters,

At the end of November 2011, Toronto City Council will begin reviewing the 2012 budget that will affect many of our city services. There will be urban forest items on the City Council meeting agenda scheduled for November 29th and 30th. Please let your Councillor know today that healthy trees are a priority in your neighbourhood! Here are some points to consider:

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Community Green Videos

Join the Conversation on The Secret Sex Lives of Trees in Your Neighbourhood

This is an update to my previous blog The Secret Sex Lives of Trees: Passionate Look into the Seedy Side of Our Urban Forest.

Here is a 1950s sex-ed video as a primer for the upcoming talk on The Secret Sex Lives of Trees at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

Please mark your calendar for this exciting event you truly do not want to miss:

Join the Conversation on The Secret Sex Lives of Trees in Your Neighbourhood
Join the Conversation on The Secret Sex Lives of Trees in Your Neighbourhood

This Tuesday, June 7 from 7 – 8:30 pm, LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) and the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) present The Secret Sex Lives of Trees, a thought-provoking talk that will change the way you look at those not-so-innocent trees in your neighbourhood.

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Community Green Videos

Celebrate the Beauty of Toronto’s Urban Forest at Canada Blooms 2011

Celebrate the Beauty of Toronto's Urban Forest at Canada Blooms 2011
Celebrate the Beauty of Toronto's Urban Forest at Canada Blooms 2011

We love Toronto’s Urban Forest!

It’s time to celebrate Toronto’s beautiful urban forest at Canada Blooms 2011 on March 16 to 20.

You can behold the beauty of Toronto’s Urban Forest at the City’s feature display called “Every Tree Counts! Toronto’s Urban Forest”.

Toronto’s Urban Forest is a gorgeous “canopy  of 10.2 million trees” with the following breathtaking values:

  • “valued at $7 billion,
  • and it contributes $32 million in ongoing carbon storage
  • and $28 million annually in environmental benefits.”