French Broad NeighborWoods Tree Planting Kickoff

Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation and Asheville GreenWorks
Asheville, N.C. (August 20, 2009) – Asheville GreenWorks is kicking off its “Trees to Success” project to improve the health and livability of the French Broad Neighborhood. This NeighborWoods tree planting initiative will help revitalize the neighborhood’s public housing complexes by beautifying the area and lowering residents’ energy costs.

The community improvement project will take place as follows:
8/27/09 – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Reed Recreation Center (133 Livingston St.)
On Thursday, August 27, more than 100 volunteers will plant 20 trees at the Reed Recreation Center on Livingston Street. Joining residents of the French Broad neighborhood and wider Asheville community will be 75 Team Depot associates from around the area. “We’re thrilled that The Home Depot shares our same local community values and is showing that through their involvement. The Home Depot’s core values of “Giving Back and “Doing the Right Thing” are a perfect fit for the impact we’re trying to make in this community,” said Susan Roderick, Executive Director of Asheville Greenworks.
Jared Liu from 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 Asheville Mayor Terry M. Bellamy, City Council members, city forestry professionals, and State Urban Forestry Coordinator Leslie Moorman. Youth from the area’s after-school centers, Rotary Club, Asheville Housing Authority, and the University of North Carolina- Asheville will also join their volunteers efforts at multiple sites around the French Broad Neighborhood this summer and fall.
This campaign to make housing in French Broad healthier, greener, and more affordable through trees is made possible in part by a $10,000 National NeighborWoods Grant from the Alliance for Community Trees and The Home Depot Foundation. Asheville GreenWorks is one of ten organizations nationwide that received this highly competitive challenge grant in support of urban forestry and affordable housing partnerships.
About Alliance for Community Trees
Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) is dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. With 160 grassroots affiliates in 40 states and Canada, ACT engages volunteers to take action to improve the environment where 80% of people live – in urban areas. ACT member organizations have planted and cared for 14.9 million trees in cities with help from 4.3 million volunteers. For more information, visit
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
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French Broad NeighborWoods Tree Planting Kickoff