Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation and Goleta Valley Beautiful
Goleta, Calif. (August 20, 2009) – Goleta keeps getting greener thanks to Goleta Valley Beautiful’s efforts to improve the area’s health and livability through tree planting. The group’s series of NeighborWoods projects are helping to revitalize Goleta’s public housing complexes by beautifying the area and increasing energy efficiency.
The community improvement project will take place as follows:
8/29/09 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Sandpiper Apartments, 375 Ellwood Beach Drive.
On Saturday, August 29, volunteers will plant trees at Sandpiper Apartments as Goleta Valley Beautiful continues its NeighborWoods initiative. Joining residents of the 64-unit complex will be Team Depot associates from The Home Depot store in Goleta. “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 Ken Knight, Executive Director of Goleta Valley Beautiful.
This planting is the third event in Goleta Valley Beautiful’s NeighborWoods initiative. Already this summer the group’s volunteers have planted and maintained dozens of trees and vines at affordable housing sites throughout the region, and on October 24, they will join hands to plant 50 trees at Positano Apartments. Through its partnership with the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara, Goleta Valley Beautiful is helping to make local housing communities healthier, greener, and more affordable.
This campaign to improve the quality of life in Goleta through trees was made possible by a $10,000 National NeighborWoods Grant from the Alliance for Community Trees and The Home Depot Foundation. Goleta Valley Beautiful 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 www.actrees.org.
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.
Goleta NeighborWoods Tree Planting