Preserving the environment is always met with backlash concerning the perceived expense to maintain it, but can you put a price tag on how much we lose by failing to do so? Turns out, we can!
Casey Trees and Davey Tree Expert Co. banded together to create the National Tree Benefit Calculator, a handy tool for determining the approximate yearly value of any street-side tree. By calculating the absorbed stormwater runoff, energy conservation, reduction in air pollution and carbon, and even property value increase, this tool provides easy financial justification for maintaining trees on your property.
Green Heroes used this tool to calculate the value of a very special tree! It was received as a cutting at the memorial service for Greenpeace co-founder Robert Hunter in 2006. Recently, we measured it on its rooftop home in Toronto’s downtown waterfront neighbourhood. Based on how it has grown, it provides $109 annually to the rooftop, adding to Robert Hunter’s already valuable environmental legacy.
CineFocus Canada, producers of Green Heroes, had the opportunity to interview Robert Hunter twice, first for their series Lucky Breaks and again for the documentary Greenpeace: Made in Canada on the Discovery Channel, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the organization. Robert’s daughter Emily Hunter has continued her father’s work and is one of our featured Green Heroes.
We’re wondering if anyone else received a cutting at Robert Hunter’s memorial that has now grown into a tree? Tweet us a photo of it @GreenHeroesTV or post it to our Facebook page, and don’t forget to use the calculator above to find out its value and let us know!