AGPOM Sponsors Team for Earth Day Run – Saturday, April 18th
In support of this year’s upcoming Earth Day, AGPOM sponsored a team of participants from our partner, Fulcrum Insurance Programs, for the local Earth Day Run. After the run a native sapling tree was given to each participant (to plant themselves or donate to the park to be planted). Additionally, for each finisher will have a mangrove tree planted in their name by the Mangrove Action Project. Mangroves are the number one carbon sequestering tree on the planet.
Investing in trees is one of the best investments you can make – did you know?
1. A single tree can absorb 10 pounds of air pollutants a year, and at the same time produce nearly 260
pounds of oxygen- enough to support two people.
2. Forests provide natural filtration and storage systems that process nearly two-thirds of the water supply
in the United States. Trees help filter water, help prevent soil erosion, moderate runoff during rain storms as well as increase groundwater aquifers.
3. Trees also reduce the greenhouse effect by shading our homes and office buildings. This reduces air conditioning needs up to 30%, thereby reducing the amount of fossil fuels burned to produce electricity. This combination of CO2 removal from the atmosphere, carbon storage in wood, and the cooling effect makes trees a very efficient tool in fighting the greenhouse effect.
4. Crunch the numbers: Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides
$62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water, and
controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion.
5. A U.S. Department of Energy study reports that trees reduce noise pollution by
acting as a buffer and absorbing 50% of urban noise.
6. Mature tree’s can increase property value 5-15%.
View the benefits of trees article
The Earth Day Run event organizers were also accepting donations of used running shoes for the More Foundation which uses the proceeds from the sales to help people in Africa grow fruit trees, gardens and other projects. They also partnered with Arcadia Power so all the electricity that the event produced was off-set through purchased wind power. All end-of-race fruit was organic and waste was either recycled or composted.
Read more about this event on their website: http://www.magnusonseries.org/earthday