NeighborWoods Roundtable Roots Benefits of Trees to Community Values

Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation
Wilmington, Del. (October 5, 2007)- The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) will host local development companies, community development organizations, and the Mayor James M. Baker of Wilmington to take part in roundtable discussions on community trees. Also joining the conversation will be Chris Patterson of Patterson & Schwartz; Jeff Flynn, Assistant Director of Economic Development; Kash Srinivasan, Commissioner of Public Works; Thomas Bennett, The Home Depot Wilmington Store Manager; and Jared Liu, Director of Programs at the Alliance for Community Trees, the national urban forestry organization, of which DCH is a member. The group represents the influential stakeholders who can ensure that trees are incorporated into construction and redevelopment infrastructure plans.

The roundtable discussions start at 1:00 p.m., preceded by a press conference at 12:45 p.m. and lunch at noon. The mayor is confirmed to speak at 12:45 p.m. about the importance of trees to Wilmington. At the press conference, the Alliance for Community Trees will talk about the national urban & community forest picture and what other municipalities are doing to increase their tree canopies. The focus of the press conference is to announce The Home Depot Foundation Award for Excellence and what Wilmington plans to do with it.
A special presentation by Don McCourt, District Manager of The Home Depot, will present a sculpture to Mayor Baker and DCH jointly, to recognize their public-private partnership that received first place award in The Home Depot Foundation’s Excellence in Community Trees for work being done in Wilmington. Among 76 nationwide applicants, Wilmington was selected the national winner in the small cities category (cities with a population less than 100,000) by a committee composed of professionals from fields of urban forestry, community development, nonprofits, and academia. “It’s wonderful to be a part of the growing movement to improve, promote, and manage our urban forest,” said Patrice Sheehan, DCH Tree Program Manager.
This event is one of more than 200 regreening, educational, and training efforts in 50 cities being promoted during National NeighborWoods Month by the Alliance for Community Trees. NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “National NeighborWoods Month offers a unique opportunity for people to understand the contributions of trees to the health, beauty and livability of their communities,” said Kelly Caffarelli, Vice President of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like Delaware Center for Horticulture, The Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”
Founded in 1993, the Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 140 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.
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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
For Immediate Release Contact:
Pam Sapko
Delaware Center for Horticulture
302-658-6262, x102
Download Delaware Center for Horticulture’s NeighborWoods press release.