Be Aware of the Dark Side of Trees
Sturm College of Law
Solar power, Trees, Shade footprint
Everyone loves puppies, and everyone loves trees. But just as we had to learn to curb and clean up after our dogs, we now need to learn to become responsible tree owners. Many of today’s well-intentioned tree-planting programs ignore the dark side of trees that threaten green energy solutions such as urban gardens, buildings with passive solar designs, solar hot water, and solar-generated electricity systems. This short pamphlet (one 2-sided page with illustrations) is an attempt to alert everyone to be aware of the dark side of any tree you plant — both the planting location and the shade footprint. Otherwise, any carbon-capture gains from the new trees may be offset by the increased fossil-fuel burned to replace the clean solar energy lost.
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K.K. DuVivier, Be-Aware of the Dark Side of Trees, ABA Seer 2 Renewable, Alt., and Distrib. Energy Res. Comm. Newsl. 16 (Feb. 2014).