This summer Community Greening piloted the Youth Tree Team to engage local youth in the planting and caring of trees.  Ford (age 17) and Jacobie (age 16) joined us as part of the EJS Project's Purpose Pays Summer Fellowship funded by the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The Youth Tree Team was led by CG's Master Arborist, Nate Faris, and the Youth Tree Team Leader, Stephen Seto. The program is modeled after similar workforce development initiatives at urban forestry non-profits nationwide. Ford and Jacobie got their first work experience while planting trees, maintaining green spaces, and giving back to their community.  We look forward to expanding the program next year!  Stay tuned for application details.

"Community Greening is a job I enjoy going to because I get to practice my time management and teamwork. It also teaches me things I've never learned before like how to properly plant, mulch and weed a tree. CG is good because it helps me be a better person, it teaches me to care more about my environment and how to improve my community. This summer, we went to homes in The Set neighborhood and planted trees. Seeing the faces of these people light up with joy makes me feel accomplished. I hope to spread the knowledge that I learned to inspire the next generation."
-Ford (Ieft), age 17
"Community Greening is a great experience for everybody. What I enjoyed the most was how I learned every week about trees and the new species of fruits I got to try. Working with my instructors helped me learn so much about responsibilities and time management…I still have work to do, but this is a great start. I recommend people working and learning about trees because it’s fun and you will help the environment."
-Jacobie (right), age 16


Ford said it was especially meaningful for him to plant a tree at a retired firefighter's house who had recently lost his son in a car accident.  Ford named the pigeon plum, "Star". 

More than 75 volunteers from across Palm Beach County came to Sherwood Park in Delray Beach to plant more than 175 native trees and shrubs in a public greenway.  Residents will now enjoy black ironwoods, gumbo limbos, Simpson's stoppers and slash pines shading the sidewalk and beautifying the neighborhood entrance.  Thank you to Paul Blust and the Sherwood Park Neighborhood Civic Association for taking civic action and spearheading the efforts to improve your neighborhood.
"I have always been very passionate about the environment and doing what I can to help make sure it continues to thrive. I love learning about different types of trees, especially the Florida Natives, since I am a Florida Native myself and have been surrounded by these plants my entire life. With the knowledge and experience I gained during my internship, I have been able to teach and show others what they can do for the trees. At Community Greening events I have met so many people in my community from all different paths of life who share my interest in helping the environment and planting trees. I am also a Delray local so I love driving by the trees that I planted with Community Greening and watching them flourish.

My favorite thing is watching the kids get excited at the tree plantings and naming their tree. I am grateful to have the opportunity to intern and volunteer with community greening."

- Riley Atwater, Community Greening Volunteer 



Ethiopia Plants Over 350 Million Trees in a Day, a Record

We definitely appreciate our partnership with the talented photographer, Tara Hauck. Many of the candid pictures of good people planting trees are thanks to Tara's skills in capturing the unplanned moments. Tara is big supporter and believer in our mission and we are lucky to have someone of her caliber and passion document our programs. Tara's images grace the pages of over 35 National and International publications including Cosmopolitan, Glamour US, Oprah Magazine, Modern Salon, LA Times, Launch Pad and Palm Beach Illustrated.  Thank you, Tara!  

  • Trees lower surface and air temperatures by providing shade. Shaded surfaces may be 20–45°F cooler than the peak temperatures of unshaded materials.
  • Trees cool the city by up to 10°F by shading our homes and streets and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
  • Evaporation of water from trees has a cooling influence.
  • In Baltimore, a 10% increase in tree canopy corresponded to a 12% decrease in crime.
  • Among minor crimes, there is less graffiti, vandalism and littering in outdoor spaces with trees as a part of the natural landscape than in comparable plant-less spaces. 
  • Chicago public housing residents with nearby trees and natural landscapes reported 25% fewer acts of domestic aggression and violence. 


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