City of St. Albans
For Immediate Release
November 18, 2020
CITY OF ST. ALBANS DIGS THE ANNUAL TREE PLANTING PROGRAM THANKS TO GRANT FROM VGS
St. Albans, Vermont – The City of St. Albans is planting 50 new trees along the public right of way as part of its 2020 Tree Planting Program, thanks to a grant from VGS. The Tree Planting Tree Program will plant or replace 50 trees each year and put the City one step closer to joining 3,400 other cities across the country that have achieved Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA status.
“This is an exciting program for our community that will help clean the air, conserve energy, provide a canopy for birds and other wildlife and brighten the quality of life in our city,” said Mayor Tim Smith. “We are thankful to VGS for helping us expand this important project.”
The benefits of planting trees are tremendous. As a tree matures, it can consume 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and release enough oxygen for a human to breathe for two years. VGS provided the City with a $1,500 grant to help defray the cost of the trees.
“At VGS, we pride ourselves on offering innovative climate solutions for our customers. Our efficiency programs weatherize homes and businesses, we provide financial incentives to invest in energy efficient equipment, and our voluntary renewable energy program provides another path for families and businesses to cut carbon,” said Neale Lunderville, VGS President and CEO. “Planting a tree is an easy, low-cost, and effective way to fight climate change and spruce up the community at the same time.”
The City of St. Albans will continue to work with state agencies to comply with 24 V.S.A. § 871 to build a vibrant Shade Tree Program and to obtain Tree City USA status. Individuals wishing to be considered to have trees planted in the right of way by their house should contact Dave Southwick through City Hall.