Take Root

Made in the shade:
25 years of tree planting with TEP.

The sight of a canopy of trees in our desert community is something to behold. For a quarter-century, TEP has helped plant a sustainable urban forest. And while the beautification of Tucson is a wonderful byproduct of shade tree planting, there’s actually a bigger benefit for Tucson residents.

Money can grow on trees

The desert-appropriate trees distributed by TEP's Trees for You program in partnership with Civano Nursery are specifically chosen for their home shading properties. More shade equals a cooler home, which means less need for air conditioning and the electricity required to power it. Trees alone can reduce your home's energy use by as much as 20% and increase your property value by up to 15%. That's almost as beautiful as the scenery they provide.

Through Trees for You, TEP customers can purchase up to three shade trees per year at the discounted price of $5 per tree. Choose from multiple types of trees year-round, plus seasonal varieties such as Pistachio and Pomegranate trees. Order your trees online conveniently through TEP's My Account and pick them up from a participating local nursery.

83,000
trees planted

$7,500,000
economic value of
local trees planted
with TEP funds

Seeding a community

We've been using trees to offset Tucson's CO2 emissions since before it was the vogue thing to do, starting way back in 1993. Over the years, TEP and our customers have contributed more than $2 million to support tree planting efforts. Our employees also have volunteered at countless tree-planting events with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity Tucson, the Tucson Urban League and Children's Museum Tucson.

In 2014, more than 8,000 trees were added to Tucson and surrounding communities through TEP's shade trees program. Students, neighborhoods and local groups have joined in our efforts to expand our urban forest, helping to create a greater sense of community at the same time.

40 million
pounds of CO2 production avoided

467 acres
of canopy added to Tucson’s urban forest

TEP's new shade trees program, Trees for You, will be launching soon, allowing customers to purchase up to three drought-resistant trees per year at a reduced price. In 2014, more than 8,000 trees were added to Tucson and surrounding communities through the shade trees program. Students, neighborhoods and local groups have joined in our efforts to expand our urban forest, helping to create a greater sense of community at the same time.

$5,929,600 total energy cost savings

$758,450
energy cost savings in 2014 alone