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Waterloo Mayor helps launch subsidized shade tree planting program
(September 17, 2010 - Toronto, ON - For Immediate Release) Today Michelle Bourdeau, Manager, Residential Planting Programs, LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran and Councilor Mark Whaley, who is also a representative of the 10,000 Trees Project, launched LEAF’s Cool Communities Residential Shade Tree Planting Program in the Waterloo area with a tree planting in the yard of Waterloo residents Eric & Jordan Hoshooley.
The program, funded by the Ontario Power Authority, provides subsidies of up $100 per household on native trees and shrubs and is designed to aid homeowners in strategically planting for shade and windbreak that will result in home energy conservation.
“This program is great for residents wanting to reduce the cost of their electricity bills,” said Mayor Halloran. “It’s a real opportunity to save energy, save money and beautify your property.”
Participants can visit the Cool Communities booth at either Grand Valley Garden Village or Sheridan Nurseries Limited in Kitchener to receive the rebates. The booth will provide customers with information on how to choose appropriate trees and shrubs for their property, the best planting locations and how to provide proper care after planting.
“A new tree will be a welcome addition to our yard,” said Mrs. Hoshooley. “We’re looking forward to relaxing under its shade in the not too distant future.”
“Planting trees in the right place is a long term investment in energy conservation,” said Michelle Bourdeau, Manager, Residential Planting Programs, LEAF. “As trees mature, they play an important role in reducing home energy costs. Deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides of a house can reduce air conditioning needs by up to 40% and evergreens planted on the north side act as windbreaks, lowering winter heating costs by up to 10% and providing real savings for consumers.”
“This program is a great opportunity, particularly in newer areas that have few trees, to help build the urban forest,” said Councilor Whaley. “By participating, residents will be helping to enhance biodiversity and improve the quality of life for all of Waterloo’s citizens.”