“Trees and vegetation play a key role in every Western Rim development,” Marcus Hiles says, noting that he takes his company’s carbon footprint into account with each project they take on. “We give our renters the lowest housing density with the greatest amount of green spaces. This strategy extends beyond improving air quality and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. These plants can also minimize pollutants in storm water and reduce overall neighborhood noise. One healthy tree is equal to 10 standard room-sized air conditioners running up to 20 hours a day. Our trees provide much needed shade from the Texas heat and can help our renters reduce cooling needs by up to 30%.” Hiles believes these plantings can make a significant environmental impact.

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