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economy. With rising temperatures come higher costs for energy and a threat to the local energy supply. Key findings from
the study include:
* Sustained High Temps - Hottest areas of Dallas measured
an average high of 101°F and low of nearly 80°F for five
full months of the year.
* Heat Kills - Heat-related deaths peaked at 52 in 2011
in Dallas County. Heat-related deaths in the United
States account for more deaths annually than all other natural disasters combined.
* Trees Cool - Tree planting in the hottest areas with high
density residential was found to reduce deaths by more
than 20 percent by merely dropping temperature alone.
"Our foundation is focused on making spaces cooler, greener
and cleaner, and data has long affirmed that trees are vital to
achieve this laudable and critical goal," says Janette Monear,Texas
Trees' CEO. "The study we have released today is a wake-up call
for all of us who call Dallas and North Texas home: We must act
now to mitigate the urban heat island effect for the sake of our
health, the economy and viability of our community. North Texas is seeing unprecedented growth, and with growth comes new
buildings, roads and parking lots. It's imperative that we come
together to balance the grey with the green to ensure North Texas is a desirable place to live and work."
Corporate partners like Alliance Data, Wells Fargo and
American Forests funded the study and understand the ramifications of urban heat to their bottom line.
"With a dual perspective from my seat as chairman of the
board for Children's Health System of Texas, and as the leader of a Fortune 500 company headquartered in North Texas,
the economic impact of the rising temperatures in Dallas has
never been more at risk," said Ed Heffernan, president and
CEO of Alliance Data. "We know from our partnership with
Texas Trees Foundation, and data from the Urban Heat Island
study, that health is directly impacted when temperatures increase and air quality declines. Childhood asthma rates are at
an all-time high, with nearly 10 percent of all Dallas children
suffering from asthma.We care about the health and well-being
of our associates, which is why Alliance Data funded this study
and why we're committed to standing with Texas Trees Foundation to make a difference."
Texas Trees Foundation's study offers cost-effective solutions
to making Dallas one of the coolest cities in the country. Tree
planting in concert with reflective pavement and roofing materials are the most cost-effective ways to manage the urban heat
island effect. Together with area municipalities, corporate leaders and non-profit partners, Texas Trees Foundation strategically
plants trees in parks, school yards, along streets and other public
rights-of-way, and provides urban forestry consultation services
to create a better quality of life throughout North Texas. )
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