Registration now open for popular program that helps Rhode Islanders save energy, money
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Arbor Day Foundation are teaming up once again to give away 1,000 trees as part of the State's Energy-Saving Trees Program. The Program helps homeowners conserve energy and reduce utility costs while beautifying their neighborhood.
"We're happy to partner with the Arbor Day Foundation again this spring to offer free trees to Rhode Islanders," said DEM Director Janet Coit. "I hope homeowners will take advantage of this opportunity to plant a tree with their families and watch it grow. It's a great way to reduce monthly expenses, create lasting memories, and promote a healthier and more beautiful environment."
Trees play an important role in cooling streets and homes, filtering air, and reducing stormwater pollution. The trees distributed under the Energy-Saving Trees Program are approximately four to six feet tall and will be distributed in three-gallon containers for easy transport. The Rhode Island Tree Council will provide planting and care instruction to homeowners – as well as guidance on how to maximize energy-savings. When planted properly, a single mature tree can save $30 annually in heating and cooling costs.
Registration is open and is required in order to reserve a tree. Supplies go fast, so early registration is recommended. For more information and/or to register for the program, visit www.arborday.org/RIDEM. Trees can be picked up during one of the following pick-up events:
Saturday, April 29 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Warren Highway Department, 25 Birch Swamp Road, Warren
Saturday, May 6 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Riverpoint Park, 401 Hay Street, West Warwick
Saturday, May 13 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Dexter Field, 96 Dexter Street, Providence
Saturday, May 20 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) DEM Parks & Recreation Headquarters, 1100 Tower Hill Road, North Kingstown
For more information on DEM's programs and divisions, visit www.dem.ri.gov or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RhodeIslandDEM or via Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM).