41,000 Trees Planted During National NeighborWoods Month!
Sixth Annual October Event Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation
(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) College Park, Md. - November 8, 2010 - Organized by the Alliance for Community Trees and sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation and the USDA Forest Service, Neighborwoods Month brings together local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and other partners to plant and maintain trees, and provide training and educational seminars.
“This year’s outstanding NeighborWoods Month celebration is a reflection of a growing movement for healthier, more livable cities. Dozens of major cities have declared city-wide tree canopy goals, involving residents and the private sector to plant and care for trees,” said Alice C. Ewen, executive director of the Alliance for Community Trees. “People everywhere are looking for simple, affordable ways to improve the air quality in their communities. Just by shading a home, you can cut summer energy use by a third, eliminating harmful emissions. What’s more, that same shade tree will clean the air, save money, and enhance your home’s curb appeal. Those are great benefits everyone can appreciate.”
NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. The Foundation has a goal of planting 3 million trees by 2017 in communities nationwide.
“National NeighborWoods Month offers a unique opportunity for people to understand the contributions of trees to the health, beauty and livability of their communities,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations, the Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”
For information about 2010 National NeighborWoods Month events, see: www.neighborwoodsmonth.org.
About Alliance for Community Trees
Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. With 170 grassroots affiliates in 41 states and Canada, ACT engages volunteers to take action to improve the environment where 80% of people live – in urban areas. ACT member organizations have planted and cared for 15 million trees in cities with help from over 5 million volunteers. For more information on ACT and its members, visit www.actrees.org.
About The Home Depot Foundation
Created in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating and preserving healthy, affordable homes as the cornerstone of sustainable communities. The Foundation’s goal is for all families to have the opportunity to live in healthy, efficient homes they can afford over the long-term; to have access to safe, vibrant parks and greenspaces; and to receive the economic, social and environmental benefits of living in a sustainable community. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $190 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 95,000 homes, planted more than 1.2 million trees, and built or refurbished more than 1875 playgrounds, parks and greenspaces. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn and like us on Facebook @homedepotfoundation.