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

  • Develop a written Comprehensive Sustainability Plan.
  • 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

  • Provide a sustainability information board in a common area such as a break room or kitchen.
  • Include a sustainability statement and training in all new hire materials.
  • Host annual trainings or workshops to educate employees about sustainability issues, policies and procedures.
  • Promote sustainability accomplishments in external marketing materials (website, social media, newsletter, press releases, TV/radio ads).
  • Create an annual green employee award to highlight employee sustainability efforts.
  • 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.
  • Apply for energy credits, rebates or incentives.
  • Sign up for a green energy program with your electric provider.
  • Replace incandescent or CFL lights with LED lights 76-100% 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.
  • Assess energy consumption by conducting a plug load inventory.
  • Install power strips for computers and equipment to power down during non-business hours.
  • Install programmable thermostats and use them to adjust temperature during unoccupied hours.
  • Conduct an energy audit or assessment (within the last three years).
  • Install energy efficient (i.e. Energy Star) rated windows in all conditioned spaces.
  • Insulate roof to control energy loss.
  • Install efficiency-rated HVAC of minimum standard SEER rating of 14.0.
  • Take measures to insulate HVAC system and ductwork to minimize heat loss.
  • Assess building envelope and address any leaks.
  • Daylight work spaces wherever possible.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Implement a basic recycling program.
  • Conduct a waste audit (within the past two years).
  • 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.
  • Replace at least 50% of paper stock with post-consumer recycled paper.
  • Develop or participate in an existing composting program.

Water Conservation

  • Establish a policy for purchase of high efficiency (i.e. WaterSense) rated fixtures and appliances.
  • Install water efficient faucets in all of the restrooms.
  • Install water efficient toilets in all of the restrooms.

Water Quality

  • Establish a policy for proper hazardous waste and chemical disposal.
  • Organize or participate in a storm drain stenciling.
  • Establish a policy for proper disposal of fats, oils, and grease, distribute to staff, and post in key areas.
  • Post information in restrooms about proper disposal of flushable wipes and other items.
  • Install outdoor ash trays to prevent cigarette litter, and make pocket ash trays available to staff who smoke.
  • Before washing parking lots, sweep debris/litter and do not use cleaners.

Urban Forestry and Landscapes

  • Participate in a community reforestation project.
  • Assess the ecosystem services of trees on property using the National Tree Benefits Calculator.
  • 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.
  • Plant a pollinator garden.
  • Plant a rain garden.

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.
  • Establish a policy for purchasing environmentally-friendly cleaning products.

Transportation Efficiency

  • Establish an incentives or recognition program to encourage employees to use alternative transportation, such as carpooling, bicycling, or use of public transit.
  • Establish and implement a no-idling policy.
  • Hold an employee seminar highlighting alternative modes of transportation.
  • Conduct a commuter or employee transportation survey.
  • 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.

Innovation

  • Install a permeable parking lot.
  • Install a green wall.

 

Pending Certification