Submitted by: Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Implemented country: United States
Title: SMUD Shade Tree Program

The purpose of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Shade Tree Program is to improve the quality of life in the Sacramento area by inspiring and motivating the community to plant trees that will directly shade buildings, thus reducing summer air conditioning loads. When strategically sited and mature, these trees will reduce air conditioning needs by up to 40 percent. A secondary, long-term objective is to create an urban forest that will mitigate the summer heat-island effect. Other long-term objectives include improving the region’s air quality, enhancing the aesthetics and quality of life in the region, and promoting a sense of community spirit and cooperation. By the end of 2006, the 400.000 new shade trees were saving an estimated 4.2 MW and 10.4 million kWh per year in direct cooling load. SMUD and its Shade Tree program have already received numerous national and state awards.

Category: Earth