Representative Doris Matsui (CA) introduced H.R. 5867
Representative Doris Matsui (CA) introduced H.R. 5867, the Energy Conservation through Trees Act of 2008
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 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).