Anyone who thinks there's nothing they can do to nurture and protect the environment is, well, barking up the wrong tree. As an example, Aquila is displaying the company's commitment to the environment and to the communities it serves in Dodge City with its new Power of Trees program.
Aquila is partnering with local volunteer groups throughout its five-state service territory to plant trees and bring the "foliage factor" to light in protecting the environment, improving the landscape and conserving energy. In Dodge City, Aquila is partnering with the Boy Scouts and Lions Club to plant trees in Colleen Park, near Kenro St. and Melencamp Ave.
"The average tree will in its lifetime consume one ton of carbon dioxide, and it creates life-sustaining oxygen in the process," said Aquila operations supervisor Dean Gemaehlich, based in Dodge City. "Our desire with this program is to work with our communities, improve the environment and empower people to do something meaningful to improve their own hometown."
Throughout Aquila's service areas, Aquila employees and their community partners will plant trees in parks, on school grounds, in new public spaces and other areas where the trees will serve to help offset the affect of greenhouse gases. "Trees help to purify our air by absorbing pollutants from fossil fuels," Gemaehlich said. "Trees also help stop erosion, cool the areas they shade to cut cooling costs, and improve neighborhoods by providing sound barriers and acting as habitat for birds and other wildlife, even in urban settings.