Trees for Houston and the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club are planting the seeds of sustainability in Houston.
In time for the upcoming planting season, Trees for Houston will be rolling through Houston cleaner and greener than ever with a new biodiesel truck. Retiring its ten year old diesel truck, the new vehicle will provide a 20% drop in unburned hydrocarbons and an 11% drop in carbon monoxide. In addition, fuel savings of $3,300 annually will be reinvested into planting, protecting and promoting trees.
Trees for Houston will also install a water catchment system at its tree farm which will offset the need to use city water outside of periods of extreme drought in Houston. Capturing rain water, rather than using city water, will result in savings of $2,000 each month. In addition to the financial impact the trees will be thankful too. Trees watered with rain water outgrow trees watered with city water by 20%.
And lastly, during this planting season, Trees Houston will plant fruit trees at ten schools (on top of the 25 they currently plant every year) providing shade, clean air and educational opportunities to the students of Houston.
These sustainability upgrades were made possible due to a $141,500 grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club.
The Green Mountain Energy Sun Club is a nonprofit organization advancing sustainability for people and our planet by investing in communities in Texas and the Northeast. Since the program’s founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated more than $6.5 million to over 100 nonprofit organizations. As a 501 (c)(3) organization, the Sun Club focuses on projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and resource conservation. Contributions to the Sun Club come from Green Mountain Energy’s residential customers in Texas, as well as from Green Mountain, its employees, and other Sun Club supporters.