Marcus Hiles is extremely concerned about his company’s carbon footprint, and this impacts the decision making with every project they take on. He believes their tree planting initiatives can make a significant impact on that footprint. “Trees and vegetation play a key role in every Western Rim development,” Hiles notes. “We give our renters the lowest housing density with the greatest amount of green spaces. This strategy extends beyond improving air quality and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. These plants can also minimize pollutants in storm water and reduce overall neighborhood noise. One healthy tree is equal to 10 standard room-sized air conditioners running up to 20 hours a day. Our trees provide much needed shade from the Texas heat and can help our renters reduce cooling needs by up to 30%.”

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