Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Collaboration Needed in Solar Development and Urban Forestry

Professor DuVivier is featured in an interview in the above video discussing the conflicts that arise from the desire to have both trees and solar energy. Trees are an important part of a community providing economic, environmental and social benefits. However, trees can cause harm to these interests. Trees limit the productivity of solar panels when they shade the panels from direct sun light.

The video, A Million Trees and A Million Solar Roofs: Can We Have Both?, interviews a variety of arbor professionals as well as solar panel propenents. They break down the causes of conflicts and outline methods to reduce the conflicts to win-win solutions. Those interviewed in the video advocate increased awareness and education as a means to prevent conflicts from occuring.

The video was created by the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association's Solar Friendly Communities.

Angelica Oman
Graduate Program Assistant

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