Our Environment | Our Future
One Tree Pledge is a commitment to help offset the carbon emissions of the homes or buildings we occupy. Home dwellers pledge to plant one tree for every square foot of their home or apartment. Builders/Construction Companies pledge to plant one tree for every square foot of new structures built. Our planting partner, American Forests, plants trees at a cost of only $1 per tree. The trees planted will sequester carbon, helping to mitigate the carbon emitted from buildings.
Visit our Carbon Math page for more detailed information.
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We have made it as easy as a click of a few buttons to plant trees at a cost of $1/ tree through American Forests.
Click below and join the One Tree Pledge movement by making the pledge!
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Trees Planted thru American Forests
Trees Planted thru Ziman Development
We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It
The One Tree Pledge is a simple concept that allows Individuals and Construction Companies the ability to help offset their carbon emissions by planting trees with American Forests. Trees naturally breathe in carbon dioxide, filter the air, and release oxygen. Forests are our best nature-based tool for combating climate change.
One Tree Pledge has partnered with American Forests to facilitate the planting of one tree for each square foot of building space occupied or constructed. We support American Forests’ goal that 4 billion trees will be planted in North America by 2030.
Every dollar donated results in one tree planted. For as little as one dollar per square foot of your home, building or new construction, you can help make a difference.
Take the One Tree Pledge today and plant trees with American Forests for each square foot of your home, building or new construction! We can help slow climate change and allow our forests and our planet to thrive.
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While we are building for the future, we must take care of our earth now. From extreme heatwaves to glaciers melting and species dying, the effects of climate change fueled by greenhouse gas emissions are felt in every corner of our planet.
Once we open our eyes to the affects of our activities, we realize more than ever why we must change our path. One Tree Pledge is a start towards a sustainable Future.
Our collective efforts at Ziman Development help all of our homes mitigate the carbon they emit, with the goal of having a negative carbon footprint.
We invite you to take the One Tree Pledge and contribute to the creation of healthy and resilient forests, from cities to wilderness, that deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife.
The History of One Tree Pledge and How It Came to Be
I am sitting in my office as earth day approaches, six weeks into being quarantined due to the Covid Pandemic. As I check the morning news, I am drawn to a picture of the Himalayan Mountains, taken from over 100 miles away. This site has not been viewed from this distance in over 30 years due to smog and pollution. There are other images in this article, showing the most heavily polluted cities all over the world, having crystal-clear blue skies, sites that haven’t been seen in decades. It became abundantly clear what human activity does, or better yet, the positive affects due to the lack of human activity.
I began researching climate change, and was blown away by the evidence and studies done by highly respected specialists in their field. Our earth has warmed and cooled at times, and over many hundreds of thousands or millions of years. Each time, it is of a direct effect of the carbon levels in the atmosphere, which trap heat, warming our planet. While this past natural occurrence took us out of the ice age, it also increased carbon by a single part/million over tens of thousands of years. At ClimateCentral.org, I learned that at no point during the last 800,000 years have atmospheric CO2 levels been as high as they are now, warming the planet at a rate that is not sustainable. I realize that many of my own activities, and my business of building beautiful homes contributes greatly by the carbon released to build, heat, cool, and electrify my homes.
I audited my own activities and my construction business, being the largest contributor. I wanted to align my personal interests with being a good steward of our planet with my business. I wanted to try to substantially offset my carbon emissions, possibly even find a way to capture more carbon than my building projects emit. This is what I set out to do.
I looked into various methods of Carbon Capture and realized that nature provides the perfect, natural solution. Trees naturally breath in carbon dioxide and expel clean Oxygen. Diving into the research, I quickly concluded that I could significantly counterbalance my buildings’ energy use emissions by planting just 1 tree for each square foot of structure I build. I worked hard to figure out how to implement a large scale tree planting initiative, with the means, land, and horticulture know-how.
I am excited to present my partnership with American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the United States. Working with American Forests, we can reforest vast areas of land with the most need.
We have made it as easy as a click of a few buttons, to plant trees at a cost of $1/ tree through American Forests. As home dwellers and builders, we can all help offset the emissions from our homes and buildings by planting just 1 tree per square foot.
In the past few months, we have planted over 65,000 trees because we have built 65,000 sq. ft. of new homes. This is a small start to what is required to change our climate trajectory. Help our future have a future by giving back. It has never been so easy as the One Tree Pledge.
I invite you to join us build for a sustainable future.