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Representative Doris Matsui (CA) introduced H.R. 5867
Representative Doris Matsui (CA) introduced H.R. 5867, the Energy Conservation through Trees Act of 2008
2008-04-22
Representative Doris Matsui (CA) introduced H.R. 5867, the Energy Conservation through Trees Act of 2008 on April 22 to help improve air quality and lower the need for energy consumption. This legislation would establish a grant program to utilize targeted residential tree planting techniques as a means of helping to reduce energy usage in homes across the country. ASLA began working with the Congresswoman early last year in conjunction with Casey Trees, a non-profit tree planting organization, on this bill. ASLA is particularly pleased to report that the final version of the legislation includes specific recognition of landscape architects in addition to ASLA-recommended provisions, including:
  • Establishing an education and information campaign to encourage residents to maintain their shade trees over a long term.
  • Requiring monitoring and reporting on the survival, growth, overall health and estimated savings of the provided trees.
  • Requiring tree recipients to provide stewardship and care of the trees.

The legislation would also allow ASLA to recommend a registered landscape architect to participate on the local technical advisory committees to provide advice and consultation to the program (see page 13 of the bill text).



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