Sarasota Offering Free Trees Through Community Canopy



The City of Sarasota is once again offering free trees to residents to help expand Sarasota’s urban canopy while reducing energy bills through its Community Canopy program. Beginning October 1, city residents can reserve one tree per household by visiting Residents are encouraged to register early while supplies last. Three Florida-friendly, regionally sourced species are available: crape myrtle, dahoon holly and red maple. Residents can use a calculator tool on the Arbor Day website to estimate the annual energy savings from planting a tree in the most strategic location on their property. Participants are expected to care for the tree and plant it in the location chosen in the online tool. A one-gallon tree will be delivered directly to the resident’s home.

This is the fourth Community Canopy tree giveaway for the City of Sarasota.  More than 459 trees have been given away, bolstering the urban canopy and helping with climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. The program is also supportive of the City’s recent Ready for 100 initiative, which supports energy efficiency and renewable energy community-wide.  It’s estimated the trees given away so far will absorb more than 7,500 pounds of air pollutants and filter more than 22 million gallons of stormwater when mature. Participating residents will have saved over 850,000 kilowatt hours of energy by planting the right trees in the right places to shade their homes. It all adds up to more than $200,000 in combined energy and community benefits. The program is funded by the City’s tree replacement fund, which collects a portion of tree removal permit dollars to be used for urban canopy protection programs.

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