Tree Facts

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • 1 tree makes on average 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333 sheets
  • The average U.S. office worker prints 10,000 pages per year
  • In 2004 the United States used 8 million tons of office paper (3.2 billion reams). That’s the equivalent of 178 million trees!
  • A single mature tree can release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings.
  • Each person in the U.S. generates approximately 2.3 tons of CO2 each year.
  • Deforestation is one of the main causes of atmospheric carbon dioxide; burning and cutting millions of acres of trees each year, it is responsible for 20-25 per cent of all carbon emissions.
  • A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Shade provided by trees can also reduce your air conditioning bill by 10 to 15 percent.
  • It only takes 30 trees to offset the C02 produced by one car annually.
  • An average American uses about 750 pounds of paper every year, and 95% of homes are built using wood. That means each person uses the equivalent of one 100 foot tall, 16 inch diameter, tree every year for their paper and wood product needs.
  • There are about 20,000 tree species in the world. The United States has one of the largest tree treasuries second only to India.
  • Three trees planted in the right place around buildings can cut air-conditioning costs up to 50 percent.
  • Trees improve water quality by slowing and filtering rain water as well as protecting aquifers and watersheds.
  • The Hyperion on Redwood national park is believed to be the world’s tallest living tree, standing a formidable, 376′ tall.

 

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Craig A. Ruark is a freelance writer, journalist, and marketing and PR professional. In 2008, Craig became one of the first non-technical persons to become an Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council for ‘Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design” (LEED AP). Over the years he has immersed himself in the subject of “sustainability” and by combining this knowledge with his expertise in marketing and advertising, has published a book titled “Marketing Your Green Side,” which is available through Amazon. Craig is an avid fitness participant, sailor, SCUBA diver, enjoys singing Karaoke, listening to jazz, and is working on his next book.
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