Marcus Hiles’ commitment to eco-friendly development extends well beyond the doors of the complexes he builds. Through a bold tree-planting initiative, Hiles is increasing the volume of a subdivision’s tree canopy above pre-development levels. “Each of the 3,000 trees we planted last year sequesters over 45 pounds of carbon dioxide and pollutants while releasing oxygen,” Hiles expalined. He is also working to protect existing arboreal life, including a large group of 100-year-old oak trees thriving in a designed park alongside a Western Rim development site. Marcus Hiles sees environmental responsibility not only as a step in the right direction but a win for both community members and the planet. “Our bold goal is to lessen carbon emissions by more than 500,000 metric tons over the next decade,” he notes. “In the process, we’ll deliver energy savings to our residents and create sustainable, livable communities.”

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