The greenery in Rockefeller Center just got a little greener.
The time-honored tradition of adorning a magnificent Christmas tree in the heart of New York City is extending its reach and becoming smarter. This year’s main attraction, an 84’ Norway spruce from Connecticut, in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza not only brings smiles to millions of viewers who will take it in over the next month, but it also will leave a lasting impression on the land from which it came as well as benefit others in the future. This “Smart Tree” has a life cycle that can cause us to rethink how we, in our offices and homes, can also make our trees a little greener:
- The tree was cut using a handsaw, reducing the carbon footprint to an almost negligible amount.
- The land that the tree comes from will be replanted, and any suitable materials used in its removal will be recycled.
- LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lighting is being used to light the tree.
- Photovoltaic panels were installed on top of 45 Rockefeller Plaza, serving as an energy source for the tree and continuing to supplement energy for the Plaza after the tree is taken down.
- The tree itself will be recycled into lumber that Habitat for Humanity will use in building projects here, in the U.S., and around the world.
- The “Smart Tree” website is encouraging visitors to make a $5 donation to plant a tree in the U.S. (http://www.ivillageforest.com/).
These are just a few of the many innovative ways that the world’s most recognizable Christmas tree is setting an example of giving back. While the trees in our own homes and offices may not be 84’ tall and showcased to the world, we can still consider ways to recycle them; we can be creative with lighting and decorating; and we can donate trees or seedlings to public spaces and parks as well as our own backyards.
Photo can be found at http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/11/21/green.christmas.ap/.