Each Urban Home is Worth 450 Mature Trees in Carbon

Household Emissions Modelling

Carbon Emissions per household, Boston area. From CoolClimate Maps.

Comparison to Urban Trees

Many in the community have objected to new housing due to concerns about tree removal and reduced carbon sequestration as a result. A typical hardwood tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. This means that in order to provide the carbon equivalent benefit of adding a single household in Cambridge, it would be necessary to plant more than 460 trees. Protecting access to public trees is an important part of maintaining a livable city, and ensuring appropriate climate resilience is key to mitigating the direct consequences of climate change on our community. However, the carbon benefits of individual trees pale in comparison to the carbon benefits of infill housing.

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Christopher Schmidt

Christopher Schmidt

Local political evangelist and tech guy.