Currently 20% of California’s energy is used to pump water. Andy Lypkis who is the founder and president of Tree people is helping to work cut Los Anglos infrastructure cost associated with water management in Urban Heat Ireland. He is specialized in linking trees, people and technology to create a more livable city.
All that green stuff naturally absorbs storm water, it also helps cool our city. So a few years ago LA decided to spend $2.5 billion to repair the city schools, and Andy Lypkis and his team discovered they where going to spend $200 million dollars.
By presenting a really strong economic case they succeeded to convince the LA government that replacing that asphalt with trees and other greenery that the schools themselves would save the system more on energy than they spend on horticultural infrastructure.
So ultimately $200 million square feet of asphalt that is what was replaced or avoided and electrical consumption for air conditioning went down while employment for people to maintain that those grounds went up resulting in a net saving of to the system and also help their students and school system employees.