Fort Wayne, IN (October 16, 2010)- More than 70 volunteers planted 50 trees at Renaissance Pointe, 2323 Bowser Avenue in Fort Wayne Saturday morning to engage residents and the public in hands-on action to green their neighborhood.
Trees Indiana said it is engaging the Renaissance Pointe community to make local housing healthier, greener, and more affordable. Homeowners and neighborhood residents joined forces with Team Depot associates from local The Home Depot stores, local volunteers, and high school students from the Green Corps-an initiative established to prepare for the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis to plant trees.
“Once the community takes ownership in a project like this, they will help maintain the trees that are planted, that people 20 years from now will thank us for,” said Carol Cavell, Executive Director of Trees Indiana.
Trees Indiana culminated its yearlong series of NeighborWoods projects to improve the health and livability of Fort Wayne communities with a major tree planting in the Renaissance Pointe neighborhood. Trees Indiana is one of eleven organizations nationwide that received the highly competitive NeighborWoods Grant to support urban forestry- affordable housing partnerships.
According to Trees Indiana, this NeighborWoods tree planting initiative will help revitalize local housing by beautifying the neighbor-hood and lowering residents’ energy costs. Strategically planted trees will provide heat-beating shade for buildings, parking lots, streets, and yards while also cleaning the air and reducing polluted storm-water runoff.
“The trees just bring us a myriad of benefits…that’s what we’re teaching our youth here today. Its not just about putting a tree in a hole. Its about teaching the kids about the importance of being good stewards of the environment and that their actions do make a difference in what we do,” said Cavell.
This campaign to improve the quality of life in Renaissance Pointe and Fort Wayne through trees was made possible by a $10,000 National NeighborWoods Grant from the Alliance for Community Trees and The Home Depot Foundation.
Cavell said Reniassance Pointe was chosen for the tree plantings because of its affordable housing and front-porch community.
WANE- Renaissance Pointe gets major tree planting Saturday
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