Town Branch Tree Experts

Town Branch Tree Experts, Inc. is a locally owned, full-service tree care company based in downtown Lexington, KY.  We’re a mom-and-pop business and we’re also Lexington’s ONLY TCIA Accredited tree service.  We’re proud to say that our ISA Certified Arborists and tree experts are the leaders in Lexington’s tree care industry.  We take great pride in the work we do and we look forward to the opportunity to care for your trees.

Our mission is grounded in the principles of tree preservation and environmental stewardship. We value the trees in our community and we strive to keep them healthy and safe. We NEVER top trees. We are committed to meeting the internationally recognized standards of our industry and the Best Management Practices for each of the services we provide.  Many of the tree species in our community are long-lived and have the potential to last for generations to come. We believe that responsible, knowledgeable tree care is fundamental to maintaining and improving our collective urban canopy for our children and grandchildren.

Town Branch Tree Experts, Inc. is licensed and properly insured for the services we provide. Our arborists are highly skilled climbers so we can safely work in your small backyard, over your house or in other hard-to-reach places.  We perform all aspects of tree care services and provide estimates and initial assessments at no cost or obligation.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Current Sustainable Practices

 

Sustainability Management and the Green Team

  • Designate a Sustainability Coordinator or Green Team responsible for managing sustainability initiatives.
  • Hold quarterly Green Team meetings.
  • Provide time for quarterly updates from Sustainability Coordinator in upper management meetings.

Awareness, Education, and Outreach

  • Include a sustainability statement and training in all new hire materials.
  • Promote sustainability accomplishments in external marketing materials (website, social media, newsletter, press releases, TV/radio ads).
  • Provide volunteers for community environmental projects annually.
  • Sponsor an environmental booth at an existing community event.
  • Participate in a present or attend sustainability workshop.

Energy Efficiency

  • Establish a power-down policy and checklist that includes items such as shutting off lights at night.
  • Set water heater thermostats to a maximum of 120 degrees or install an inline water heater.
  • Replace incandescent or CFL lights with LED lights 25-50% replacement.
  • Upgrade all Exit signs to LED.
  • Achieve a year-over reduction in energy usage from the baseline of at least 5%.
  • Establish a regular filter maintenance policy for your HVAC system.
  • Have your HVAC system evaluated every 2 years by a certified service provider.
  • Establish a policy for purchasing that requires Energy Star rated appliances and electronics.
  • Establish a dress code that encourages employees to dress for thermal comfort.
  • Install power strips for computers and equipment to power down during non-business hours.
  • Install energy efficient (i.e. Energy Star) rated windows in all conditioned spaces.
  • Take measures to insulate HVAC system and ductwork to minimize heat loss.
  • Daylight work spaces wherever possible.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Implement a basic recycling program.
  • Provide clearly marked recycling bins at work stations and/or in common areas. Recycling bins must be paired with a waste bin.
  • Train and require janitorial service or staff responsible for cleaning to segregate waste and recyclable materials.
  • Use reusable mugs and dishware instead of disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Establish a policy for environmentally friendly printing such as two sided printing, reusing copy paper, and electronic document sharing.
  • Create a landfill diversion goal.

Water Conservation

  • Establish a policy for purchase of high efficiency (i.e. WaterSense) rated fixtures and appliances.
  • Establish a policy for proper hazardous waste and chemical disposal.

Urban Forestry and Landscapes

  • Participate in a community reforestation project.
  • Establish a native species-only plant replacement policy for tree and shrub planting.
  • Remove all invasive species from property.
  • Establish an Integrated Pest Management policy to reduce use of pesticides in the landscape.
  • Establish environmentally friendly lawn care policies to reduce chemical pesticide and fertilizer use.

Sustainable Purchasing

  • Establish a policy for reducing the toxic chemicals/materials in your workplace.
  • Establish a policy to purchase non-Styrofoam cups and plates for use at the workplace or at events.
  • Establish a policy for purchasing locally, if available.
  • Establish a policy to purchase/lease EPA SmartWay Certified fuel efficient vehicles.

Transportation Efficiency

  • Establish and implement a no-idling policy.
  • Hold an employee seminar highlighting alternative modes of transportation.
  • Adopt a telecommuting option and make it available to employees.
  • Install a bike rack with sufficient space for at least 10% of your employees.
  • Install weather-protected bike storage (indoor or outdoor).
  • Participate in a bike to work challenge.
  • Place bicycle storage closer than any other designated parking spot.

 

Pending Certification