Washington, D.C.; April 26, 2013 — American Forests CEO Scott Steen released the following statement today regarding The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act:

“American Forests is in full support of Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s innovative The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act. This legislation provides a strong incentive for electric utilities to partner with nonprofit organizations and support strategic tree-planting projects that will lower peak energy demand and conserve energy. Strategically placed trees will offer homeowners numerous benefits, beyond lowering their energy bills. Shade trees help mitigate the urban heat island effect, improve air quality by absorbing particulate matter, store carbon, improve drinking water quality and reduce stormwater run-off and flooding. American Forests encourages members of Congress to follow Representative Matsui’s leadership in understanding all the benefits trees provide.”