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For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2013
Media Contact:
Herb Balfour

Summer proof your home with Adopt-a-Tree courtesy of Miami-Dade County

(MIAMI, May 16, 2013) – The Miami-Dade County Department Regulatory and Economic Resources Division of Environmental Resources Management (RER-DERM) will host the first Adopt-a-Tree giveaway of the year on Sunday, May 19th.  Miami-Dade County residents will have the opportunity to green their backyards by adopting two FREE trees from the Miami-Dade County Adopt-a-Tree program.  It has been documented that shade trees can cut the air conditioning cost of a property by 30%; thus, trees can help to summer proof a home when it comes to its cooling cost.  Additionally, a well-landscaped property with plenty of trees can have a higher real estate value than that of a similar property with poor landscaping. 

The FREE tree giveaway will take place at the North Miami Beach Yes Center, located at 17051 NE 19th Ave from 9am until noon.  Miami-Dade residents eligible to adopt FREE trees will be able to choose from a variety of tree species including Jackfruit, Carambola, Pigeon Plum, Green Buttonwood, and Mango (while supplies last).  Over 2,000 FREE trees will be available for adoption at this event, and experts will also be onsite to show participants how to properly plant and care for their new trees.  Community service hours are available for students who volunteer to work an Adopt-a-Tree event.  For additional information, visit or call 305-372-6784.

Also at this event, residents can get up to two high-efficiency shower heads and up to three energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs absolutely FREE!  There is no need to preregister to receive the free showerheads and CFL light bulbs; just bring your current shower heads and three of your most heavily used regular light bulbs to the event and trade them for more efficient ones (while supplies last).  Overall, residents can take advantage of these “green” opportunities to save money on their energy and water costs.  For more information about the light bulb and showerhead exchange programs, call 311.

The complete Adopt-a-Tree event schedule for 2013 is below, and also available at or by calling 3-1-1.

Date Location

May 19, 2013
9 a.m. - noon

City of North Miami Beach
YES Center
17051 NE 19th Ave.
July 27, 2013
9 a.m. - noon
City of Homestead
Harris Field Sports Complex
1034 NE Eighth Street
September 14, 2013
9 a.m. - noon
City of Doral
J.C. Bermudez Park
3100 NW 87 Ave.

Tree species, event dates and times are subject to change.

The Adopt-a-Tree program was created in 2001 to help increase the tree canopy of Miami-Dade County.  Since then more than 169,000 free trees have been given away to the community.  This program is managed by the County’s Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM).  For additional information, visit or call 305-372-6784.  For more information about the light bulbs and showerheads exchange programs, please call 311. 

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It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, materials or other ADA accommodations, please call 305-372-6784.