Habitat Homes Turn Green

Washington, DC (May 11, 2006)- News Advisory for 5/13 from Casey Trees, DC Habitat for Humanity, Washington Parks & People, Watts Branch Community Alliance, Alliance for Community Trees, and The Home Depot Foundation.

Contact: Dan Smith, Casey Trees, 202.833.4010 x114; 202/607-6224 (cell); dsmith@caseytrees.org
Habitat Homes Turn Green, Sat. 5/13, in Northeast DC
Strategic planting of trees for shade will save residents hundreds per year; provide green corridors to Marvin Gaye Park
WHAT: New homeowners will be joined by over 100 volunteers Saturday morning to plant trees around twenty homes in the DC Habitat for Humanity development at 55th and Clay Street, NE, and the nearby Richardson Dwellings public housing project. A partnership of community organizations along the Watts Branch stream valley in Far Northeast — with support from the new national NeighborWoods Program of the Alliance for Community Trees and The Home Depot Foundation – will plant 30 trees to complete a 100-tree project that began with plantings in the park last fall and others around the Lincoln Heights New Community site in April.
WHEN: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 13 (brief remarks at 9:00 a.m.)
WHERE: 55th and Clay Streets, NE (2 blocks south of Woodson Sr. High)
WHO: Carol Casperson, executive director of DC Habitat for Humanity
Alice Ewen-Walker, exec. dir., Alliance for Community Trees
Steve Coleman, exec. dir., Washington Parks & People
Denis Chestnut, pres., Watts Branch Community Alliance
Dan Smith, Sr. Dir. Of Communications, Casey Trees
Over 100 volunteers
In addition to volunteers from participating organizations and the neighborhood, volunteers are coming from The Home Deport, the DC Jewish Community Center, Exeter College, and the Claremont College Alumni Network. Saturday’s event is the last community tree planting of the season for Casey Trees.
The project is supported by a grant from the new NeighborWoods Program of the Alliance for Community Trees and The Home Depot Foundation to support greening projects in and around affordable housing.
Remarks by Alice Ewen Walker of ACT.