Council member Simon Gruber is an environmental planner based in Orange County, NY who is looking for suggestions about or examples of programs in NY State or nearby that are focused on tree planting, management, maintenance or other steps to save energy. Gruber’s been studying published research and other materials to learn more about how trees can reduce energy use in homes and other buildings and where these ideas are being applied. He’s particularly interested in demonstration projects or other initiatives to maximize the benefits of trees for cooling buildings, parking areas, streets, and neighborhoods in hot weather. He’s also interested in finding scientists, policy-makers, or others who are interested in research, training, and policy opportunities around this subject. Simon can be reached at

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