20,000 Trees by 2010!
December 2007’s devastating ice storm destroyed or heavily damaged Tulsa’s beautiful trees. The ReGreen Tulsa program is a joint effort of Mayor Kathy Taylor, Tulsa’s Tree Advisory Committee and the local non-profit organization Up With Trees.
The ReGreen Tulsa Goal is to plant 20,000 trees by December 2010, on both private property and public sites.
Please check out the ReGreen Tulsa website for more information.
Building a Green Home
Land/Lot- reclaimed or unused infill plots, utilize and build upon the sites orientation to the sun and prevailing breezes and existing landscape features
Utilization of resources- recycled products & materials
Energy efficiency- energy Star windows and appliances
Water efficiency- tankless water heaters
Indoor environmental quality- employing air tight home techniques
Durability- using products that have a long life
Ease of maintenance
Overall global/Environmental impact
Use rechargeable batteries
Turn off lights and other equipment when not in use
Set your thermostat to run more efficiently while you are outside the home
Change a light bulb – compact florescent light bulbs use 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent bulbs to provide the same amount of light, and they last 10 times longer
Choose Energy Star appliances and office equipment – the energy savings will pay back the initial extra investment within a couple years
Get a home energy audit – check for drafts; caulk holes and cracks in walls, ceilings and doors; use a programmable thermostat (so the system runs more efficiently when no one is home); insulate the water heater; seal and insulate the heating and cooling ducts (many utilities will assist with this audit process)
Get regular HVAC system maintenance/tune-ups
Print on both sides of a sheet of paper
Distribute documents electronically vs. printing hard copies
Use renewable energy (i.e. electricity supplied from energy sources such as wind)
Plant a tree
For more information on building or remolding your home to be green please contact me: