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Sustainability

Increase vegetation around your home and incorporate nature into your life

Visit a park. Urban green space provides a place to connect with nature and enjoy recreational opportunities. Visit your local park and incorporate visits into your lifestyle. For example, walk your dog in the evenings at the park, meet friends for weekend basketball or tennis games, meet with a book club under your favorite tree, or use the park to run or jog.

Visit the City’s Parks and Recreation Department for more information about parks in Tucson. Click here for a map of park locations.

Keep plants in your home and on your desk. House plants can abate rising levels of indoor air pollution at home or at the office. Research from NASA shows that many plants are useful in absorbing harmful gases, which helps clean the air indoors. As a rule of thumb, allow one houseplant per 100 square feet of living area. The more vigorous the plant, the more air it can filter. Keep in mind that plants will not do much to alleviate tobacco smoke or dust in the air. 

Visit http://www.blankees.com/house/plants/air_cleaners.htm for a list of the top 10 plants for removing formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon dioxide.

Use trees and passive solar techniques to cool your home. Using vegetation to shade your home will reduce your energy bills and help mitigate the urban heat island effect. Choosing native and drought tolerant plants integrates your home into our beautiful desert environment and will reduce your water use on landscaping. 

Visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenScapes website for information about landscaping practices that can improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden while protecting and preserving natural resources.

Visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energywebsite for information about landscaping. 

If you are a Tucson Electric Power (TEP) customer, you may also purchase 2 trees for $6 through the Trees for Tucson program.

Limit your lawn. Maintaining grass takes a lot of water, so consider planting shrubs, ground covers or vegetables instead.