Arbor Day Foundation Names RPU Tree Line USA Utility Provider

March 9, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Riverside, Calif. – Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) was named a Tree Line USA Utility Provider by the Arbor Day Foundation this month for its continued dedication to promoting proper tree planting and protecting trees in its service territory.

Through its Tree Line USA program, the Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters, recognizes public and private utility providers that demonstrate best practices which protect and enhance America’s urban forests.  The goal of Tree Line USA is to promote safe, reliable electric service and abundant, healthy trees in the community.

“Trees are an important part of urban landscapes all across the United States,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Utility providers like Riverside Public Utilities are setting a good example about the importance of taking care of a valuable community resource.”

For over a decade, RPU has encouraged customers to plant shade trees around their homes and businesses to reduce cooling costs and energy consumption, help the environment, and beautify the community. By providing rebates, and even free shade tree coupons during the month of March, more than 87,000 trees have been planted in Riverside by utility customers.

In addition to promoting planting the right tree in the right place, the utility’s year-round power line tree trimming program helps to reduce tree-related power outages and improves public safety.


Entry filed under: Green Riverside News, Latest Utilities News.

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