ACTrees’ National NeighborWoods® Month to Receive Arbor Day Award

Award to be presented April 27, 2013 in Nebraska City, NE

College Park, MD (April 9, 2013) – Alliance for Community Trees is proud to announce that the organization will receive a 2013 Arbor Day Award in honor of its outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation, and stewardship.

NeighborWoods_color logoACTrees National NeighborWoods® Month program will receive the “Public Awareness of Trees” Award for elevating public understanding and discourse about the importance of urban trees. The award recognizes National NeighborWoods® Month as a signature campaign that increases the visibility of trees in cities nationwide and rallies organizations and volunteers around tree planting and care in their communities.

“We’re incredibly proud to receive this award,” says David Forsell, President of the ACTrees Board of Directors and also President of the local ACTrees member organization Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. “National NeighborWoods® Month is a vital part of ACTrees’ mission to support grassroots tree organizations and their volunteers to create greener and more livable communities. We’re delighted to receive recognition for this important program.”

Held in October each year since 2005, National NeighborWoods® Month events across the country have grown significantly year to year. In 2012, over 23,000 volunteers took action for greener communities and planted 45,000 trees in more than 290 communities nationwide.

Each year, the 45,000 trees planted this past October are estimated to:

  • capture 23.1 million gallons of storm water runoff,
  • dispose of over 660 tons of air pollutants, and
  • save cities nearly $600,000 in storm water management and air pollution costs.

nnwm11_1 (Medium)ACTrees is one of 14 individuals, organizations, and companies that will be recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation during the annual Arbor Day Awards. This year’s ceremony will be held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center, located at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska, on Saturday, April 27.

Accepting the award on behalf of ACTrees will be Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director of Tree Pittsburgh and a member of the ACTrees Board of Directors with Sarah Anderson, ACTrees Program Coordinator.  For more information and to get involved in 2013 National NeighborWoods® Month, visit www.NeighborWoodsMonth.org. 

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is at arborday.org.