Energy Saving Trees

Welcome to Energy-Saving Trees, a unique program that provides you with up to 2 free trees and guidance on where to plant them to reduce energy costs and cool your home in summer.

Eligibility

This program is available for residents in the densely developed areas of Newport, Bennington, North Bennington and Shaftsbury.

Below are maps of eligible areas:

Order your Tree

Thank you for your interest! Unfortunately, we have sold out of trees.

We hope to be able to offer this program to more communities in the future. If you have any questions, contact Gwen at gwen.kozlowski@uvm.edu or 802-651-8343.

If you placed an order, your trees in containers (2 - 4 feet tall) must be picked-up on June 17 from 10 AM to 2 PM:

  • Bennington Battle Monument (15 Monument Circle, Bennington)
  • Newport Recycling Center (651 Coventry St, Newport)

Tree Benefits

When planted properly, a single mature tree can save a homeowner up to 20% on energy costs. For homes without air conditioning, shade trees can make the home feel cooler during summer heat. Planting trees can also:

  • Add to a home’s property value
  • Reduce a homeowner’s carbon footprint
  • Improve air quality
  • Reduce stormwater runoff
  • Provide food and shelter for wildlife

Learn more

The densely developed areas of Newport and Bennington were selected because they have limited tree cover, which increases the risk for heat illnesses in these communities. Learn more about factors that increase risk for heat illnesses in your community using the Vermont Heat Vulnerability Index on the Health Department’s Climate & Health Program website.

Partners

This program is made possible by the Arbor Day Foundation, the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program, and the Vermont Department of Health’s Climate & Health Program.

PLANT. LIVE. GROW.