Sponsored by The Home Depot(r) Foundation
Carmel, Ind. (September 28, 2009)- The City of Carmel today announced that volunteers will come together to plant trees around Eden Village as part of Carmel’s 14th annual Fall Neighborhood Tree Planting Program. This event is one of hundreds 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). City of Carmel is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.
“It’s great to be working on an important re-greening effort at a time when other organizations are doing so as well,” said Nichole M. Passineau of the City of Carmel. “Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests.”
The City of Carmel’s celebration will take place as follows:
Event: Eden Village Planting
Date: 10/17/09 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Eden Village Subdivision, south of 126th Street and east of Keystone Parkway.
Carmel Urban Forestry staff, along with the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee, will lead the tree planting and supervise the volunteer groups which will be comprised of neighborhood residents, representatives from Northview Christian Life Church, Indiana Tree Stewards, and Carmel High School Environmental Science students.
The President of the Carmel Urban Forestry committee, Ashley Mulis, said, “Though neighborhoods like Eden Village are blessed to have mature trees, it is important to be diligent in keeping the age and species classifications varied. The Fall Planting will add some new species to a neighborhood that has experienced some impact from the road enhancements on Keystone Parkway. This is a great way to honor their sacrifice and to continue to enhance what is already a valuable part of Carmel’s urban forest.”
“Having local organizations like the City of Carmel participate in National NeighborWoods Month helps us show the cumulative effect of a burgeoning urban and community forestry movement,” said ACT Executive Director Alice Ewen Walker. Founded in 1993, the Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 150 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.
NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “Trees are an important component of responsible design to ensure that homes are affordable, energy efficient, safe and healthy,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like the City of Carmel, The Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to building affordable homes for working families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own. To make homes healthy and affordable, the Foundation encourages developers to incorporate responsible design and use durable and quality materials to ensure that homes are more energy and water efficient, have good indoor air quality, and provide a safe and healthy space to live. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $120 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 65,000 affordable, healthy homes. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
Carmel to Celebrate National NeighborWoods Month
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