COVINGTON -- Snapping Shoals EMC personnel, along with members of the Newton County High School football team, recently planted trees at West Newton Elementary for the Making the Shade program.
Created by the Georgia Forestry Commission in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, the Making the Shade program is designed to create healthier, shaded playground areas on elementary school campuses throughout Georgia.
Traditional elementary school campus designs often eliminate the health benefits provided by shade trees. The Georgia Forestry Commission encourages communities to maximize the benefits of trees, while minimizing any relevant risks.
Through the strategic planting of shade trees, this program aims to reduce surface temperatures of school yards and playground equipment, which can cause serious and painful burns to students; reduce the ultraviolet radiation, which causes skin damage; reduce ground level ozone by cooling play areas; decrease temperatures on playgrounds, which will improve air quality and lessen the risk for children with asthma and other lung-related issues; allow activities in green settings, which can reduce the symptoms of AD/HD and improve test scores; and increase energy conservation by shading air conditioning equipment, windows and buildings.
SSEMC's participation in the Making the Shade program fulfills the co-op's community outreach requirement for the Tree Line USA designation. The Tree Line USA program acknowledges public and private utilities that demonstrate practices that protect and enhance America's urban forests. The goal of the program is to promote the dual goals of safe, reliable electric service and abundant, healthy trees across utility service areas.
Snapping Shoals EMC was the first EMC in the state to receive the Tree Line USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for its leadership in caring for trees while meeting service objectives.
Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation is a consumer-owned electric cooperative providing electric service to approximately 95,000 homes and businesses in Newton, Rockdale and Henry counties and portions of Butts, DeKalb, Walton, Morgan and Jasper counties. The company's headquarters is located on Brown Bridge Road in Covington.