A collective effort to improve our environment for people and nature.
COMMUNITY GREENING WINS IMPACT 100
We are thrilled to win Impact 100 Palm Beach County for the Environment. This $100,000 grant funds a Community Tree Champion (Dondre McCrary pictured above) to promote trees with residents and youth in neighborhoods with a low tree canopy. As part of this program, Dre will travel to learn from the leading urban forestry programs in the country, get a new work truck, and lead the Youth Tree Team. Kids are going to look up to Dre and listen to him when he says "Trees Matter". This is a big win for our community and we will all benefit from this investment for years to come. Thank you for this opportunity to carry out our mission.
TREES IN YOUR TRUNK
Trees in Your Trunk was a major success! We couldn't believe more than 500 cars lined up to receive two free trees. People were very happy sit in the comfort of their own car, listen to the music of DJ SoNyce, and receive guavas, Barbados cherry, Jamaican cherry, Bombay mango, GE Neri fig, and papaya. Thank you to our partners the City of Boynton Beach Office of Sustainability, the City of Boynton Beach Police Department, and Healthier Boynton for the community outreach and ensuring that the car line ran smoothly. To everyone who didn't get a tree, it was a surprise to see the fruit tree demand was this high during this time. We ran out of the 200 trees and face masks funded by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties in less than an hour. Keep a look out for our next Trees in Your Trunk tree giveaway.
"We love helping out the community and Community Greening's mission!"
Scott and Katie - Community Greening volunteers, with "Kaia" the Soursop (guanabana) tree
Thank you to the Libra Foundation for our new water trailer! As Community Greening grows, our biggest needs are equipment (trucks, trailers, water tanks) and space (office and tree yard). Capital purchases and space are the most challenging necessities for non-profits to get funded. Because of this, we are even more appreciative of the Libra Foundation's support. The new water trailer carries a 525 gallon tank and has 4 spigots. Believe it or not, the trailer greatly increases our program's capacity to water more trees in less time; engage more teens on the Youth Tree Team, and to plant trees in hard to reach places to further increase our community's tree canopy. Thank you.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Sustainable Communities' common elements are a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of the people living in the community. When sustainability areas are addressed in tandem with each other, they have a powerful, positive effect on the quality of life and future of a community.
Green Infrastructure is a strategically planned and managed network of natural lands, working landscapes, and other open spaces that conserves ecosystem values and functions and provides associated benefits to human populations.
Urban Forests are systems of trees, other vegetation, and water within any urban area. They can be understood as dynamic green infrastructure that provides cities and municipalities with environmental, economic, and social benefits. Urban forests are forests for people.
Many urban dwellers can name the downside of trees, ranging from lifted sidewalks to storm damage. There is often less awareness and appreciation of the many benefits of trees, other than their natural beauty. Those benefits are varied and substantial, and impact all three areas of the so-called “triple bottom-line” – economic, environmental, and social.
Source: The Sustainable Urban Forest, by the USDA Forest Service and the Davey Institute
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