Green Team - Sequestering Carbon Dioxide

Sequestering CO2 – Plant Trees!

Last Saturday afternoon, a beautiful Fall day, 5 climate stewards gathered for a tree planting event in the southerly end of Wyman Park.

Organized by Memorial Episcopal and initiated by its Creation Care team members Guy Hollyday and Dick Williams, a Red Maple, an American Beech and a Dogwood were planted, mulched, staked against high winds, then watered.

As the planting was sponsored by a church on public lands, we qualified for all-in funding by the MD/DE Lutheran Synod’s “Reformation 500 Tree Project”.  The opportunity was made known to Dick by Bernadette Roche, MEEP (Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners) co-lead.

The 3 trees and supplies were donated by the Synod under its challenge to plant 500 trees, enabled by grant funding.  Over a two-year stretch, the program has afforded the planting of nearly 600 trees in the two states.

Other planting party members were Kristen McDaniel, Graham Eschbacher and Tom McGilloway, a landscape architect with Mahan Rykiel Associates.

Wonder how much carbon a single tree might sequester?  The U.S. Energy Administration offers this: “Plant, say, one silver maple today, and in 25 years—assuming it survives—it will have sequestered about 400 pounds of carbon dioxide.”  Driving a small car that gets 40 mpg 1,400 miles/mo. will emit about 5 pounds of CO2 per year .  Do the math!  Then plant a tree.

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