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Eco Minute August 29, 2014

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Jem Sullivan
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Did you know that a large city can save $70 million a year by protecting its trees?  A recent study in San Antonio calculated the value of the ecological services provided by its trees.  The researchers found that it would cost city residents over $70 million per year in taxes just to duplicate the ecological functions of its trees. 

The researchers added up the costs to retain the same amount of stormwater runoff, to remove the same amount of air pollutants, and to provide the same energy savings as the city’s trees.  So the next time someone says that trees in Pensacola need to be cut down because they are in the way of development, tell them what San Antonio’s mayor said. 

“Trees are a vital municipal asset, and they save our city residents over $70 million a year in taxes.”       

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.