East Polk NeighborWoods Tree Planting

Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation and Baton Rouge Green
Baton Rouge, La. (March 19, 2008)- To send the message that trees are a sign of a neighborhood’s health and livability, Baton Rouge Green has teamed up with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and the Center for Planning Excellence to lead the greening aspect of a new infill strategy and begin to restore the quality of life while improving the neighborhood. In the first phase of the project in January, 25 trees were planted on the grounds of University Terrace Elementary School.

Phase Two of Baton Rouge Green’s community improvement project will take place as follows:
3/29/08- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the new Hope VI affordable homes on East Polk Street.
About 100 volunteers will plant 90 trees. The project engages residents of Old South Baton Rouge and the public at large in hands-on action to produce tangible improvements. Jared Liu, Director of Programs at the Alliance for Community Trees in Washington, DC will be in attendance to talk about the value of trees, connections between affordable housing and greening, and participate in the planting. Also invited are the mayor’s tree commission, Lorri Burgess (Metro Council), Steve Shurtz (Landscape Architect for the Parish), and Wade Dubea (State Urban Forestry Coordinator).
“Baton Rouge Green has done such a tremendous job of highlighting the connections between trees and people. They’re really a national leader in urban and community forestry,” said ACT Director of Programs Jared Liu. Founded in 1993, the Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 150 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry in 39 states and Canada. Its members are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, urban design, and other initiatives that support better awareness of the connections between trees and people.
NeighborWoods is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “The Home Depot Foundation believes that trees aren’t just “nice” things to have, but that they are essential to a supportive, healthy community.” said Kelly Caffarelli, Vice President of The Home Depot. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like Baton Rouge Green, The Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”
This project is co-sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation, the Barton Family Foundation, East Baton Rouge Mortgage Finance Authority, Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, Louisiana Urban Forestry Council, and Entergy Corporation.
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot by providing additional resources to assist nonprofit organizations building affordable, efficient, and healthy homes throughout the United States and Canada. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to creating healthy, livable communities through the integration of affordable housing built responsibly and the preservation and restoration of community trees. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $50 million to nonprofit and government organizations throughout North America. In 2006 alone, projects supported by the foundation built 9,000 units of housing and planted 300,000 trees. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
For Immediate Release Contact:
Diane Losavio
Baton Rouge Green
Download the East Polk NeighborWoods Tree Planting press release.