Albuquerque to Celebrate National NeighborWoods Week

(Albuquerque, NM, October 11, 2005) Tree New Mexico today announced their participation In this year’s National NeighborWoods Month with a major volunteer tree planting and education celebration on October 29, 2005.


This event is one of dozens of re-greening efforts throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods Month by the national nonprofit, the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). Tree New Mexico is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.
The NeighborWood’s celebration is held in conjunction with the South Broadway Neighborhood’s Saturday Academy youth education day. During the morning academy, participants will rotate through three one-hour sessions, one of which will be planting trees. The Renaissance Blvd. Home Depot (store# 3502) volunteers will also attend the training and tree planting sessions. The remaining two sessions will all have an educational/training aspect and be hosted by, the South Broadway Neighborhood Association and Eugene Field Elementary School teachers.
“It’s great to be working on an important re-greening effort at a time when other organizations are doing so as well,” said Suzanne Probart, Executive Director of Tree New Mexico. “Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level locally, and across the country to improve urban and community forests.”
Tree New Mexico’s NeighborWoods celebration will take place as follows:
Tree New Mexico’s National NeighborWoods Week
October 29, 2005
8am-noon
Dennis Chavez Park
Participants: Tree New Mexico, The Home Depot, City of Albuquerque Parks Division, and the South Broadway Neighborhood
“We’re thrilled to have Tree New Mexico participate in our first-ever NeighborWoods Month,” said ACT Executive Director Alice Ewen Walker. ACT has been in existence since 1993 as a problem-solving center for leaders of community-based urban forestry groups. Its founders share a vision of healthy, functioning urban ecosystems nurtured by a broad base of community stewards. Today, ACT is a growing alliance of 68 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. Its members are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design and other activities that support better urban forest stewardship.
Kelly Caffarelli, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation, said “We are excited to partner with ACT on this initiative. Our foundation works with affordable housing and tree planting organizations across the country to promote livable, healthy and affordable communities. This partnership provides a terrific opportunity to further our goals.”
The Home Depot and many of the suppliers who help fill the company’s shelves contribute to The Home Depot Foundation to help fulfill their shared vision of creating stronger, healthier neighborhoods. The Foundation focuses its efforts in the areas of affordable, efficient and healthy housing production and rehabilitation and tree planting to restore urban and rural forests. See www.homedepotfoundation.org for more information.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kirk Whittig
Tree New Mexico
505.265.4554
Albuquerque to Celebrate National NeighborWoods Week
Sponsored by The Alliance for Community Trees and The Home Depot Foundation