Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tree Rebates available to green residential, commercial property in D.C.

Spring is an ideal time to plant trees and Casey Trees offers rebates up to $100 per tree to individuals who plant trees on private property — residential or commercial — in the District.

Small and medium canopy trees — including standard-size fruit and trees — are eligible for rebates up to $50 per tree, as long as the tree reaches 15 feet tall and wide at maturity. Seven genera and 27 species noted for their large canopy and environmental benefits qualify for rebates up to $100 per tree. There is no limit to the number of rebates per property.

Invasive tree species and any species of ash, dwarf trees and shrubs do not qualify for a rebate of any amount. 

To help customers identify rebate-eligible tree stock, many D.C.-area nurseries and home improvement centers are promoting the program in their stores with promotional signage and special tree tags. However, trees may be purchased from any store and through landscaping and landscape architecture companies.

The Tree Rebate program is funded by the District Department of the Environment.
Downloadable rebate forms, submission instructions and a complete list of trees eligible for the increased rebate are available at

It’s National Pi Day – And Albert Einstein’s Birthday - Seek out the Wonders

albert  In honor of National Pi Day…..and in honor of Albert Einstein’s birthday….I encourage you to get outside and observe the wonders around you.
My good friend Skip mentioned that today is National Pi day. March 14 is apparently the day that math geeks everywhere celebrate the wonder that is Pi. There is even a Pi Day website for it.
In 2009, the Congressional resolution which officially named March 14th Pi Day, stressed the importance that math and science play in every child’s education.
Whereas America needs to reinforce mathematics and science education for all students in order to better prepare our children for the future and in order to compete in a 21st Century economy;
March 14th also marks the anniversary of the birth of Albert Einstein. And I have to admit that I am a much bigger fan of Einstein than I am of Pi (or even Pie, for that matter).
In any case, I encourage you to take some time today “reinforcing your science education” by going outside and observing the wonders. Let your senses take over as you observe the sights, sounds and scents around you.  
Here are some of my favorite Albert Einstein quotes to help encourage you:
Albert Einstein:
”The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.”
 “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”
“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”
“The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything”
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
More Quotes by Albert Einstein from

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