Tempe and SRP partner to plant over 300 trees
TEMPE, Ariz. (Jan. 10, 2019) – Tempe has partnered with SRP to add more than 300 trees to the city’s streets, parks and schools. This project, Right Tree, Right Place, will enhance electric reliability, increase the tree canopy coverage and reduce the urban heat island effect.
Right Tree, Right Place will remove over 100 hazardous trees encroaching on powerlines and replace them with over 300 trees more suitable for the area. Two pilot phases have been successfully completed, the next phase will take place the weeks of Jan. 14 and 21 on Elliot Road between McClintock Drive and College Avenue.
The removed trees will be chipped and recycled as part of the city’s green organics program, becoming nutrient-rich compost that residents can pick up for free.
“Tempe is committed to creating a sustainable city,” said Mayor Mark Mitchell. “Not only will the Right Tree, Right Place project add beauty to our city, but it will also increase our tree canopy coverage, creating more shade and reducing the urban heat island effect. As an added benefit, we will also repurpose the trees by composting the green waste using our green organics program.”
For residents wanting to add to their own landscaping, check out these free tree resources:
- Tempe's TreeBate Program is a new pilot program that provides rebates for approved desert-friendly trees installed on residential properties.
- SRP’s Shade Tree program provides customers with free desert-adapted shade trees and planting advice to reduce cooling costs.
(Before and after photo of Southern Avenue and River Drive)
Media Contact: TaiAnna Yee
City of Tempe - Public Information Officer