Mile High Million and Veterans Green Jobs Partner in Tree Planting Program

Denver, CO (March 17, 2010)- In an effort to reduce residential energy costs and provide job training for military veterans, The Mile High Million has teamed up with Veterans Green Jobs to plant trees in neighborhoods across Denver. Funded as part a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to improve community energy efficiency through the City’s Greenprint Denver programs, the Trees for Energy Savings program will strategically plant 4,600 trees to shade homes and other structures to reduce energy usage and lower energy bills for residents. The program also strives to spur economic growth by creating jobs and providing job skills to military veterans.


The two to three year program is scheduled to kick off this spring and will target 35 neighborhoods. Selected neighborhoods include those that fall below the City’s 18% canopy coverage goal and neighborhoods not already serviced by The Park People’s Denver Digs Trees program, which provides free trees to residents. Trees will be strategically planted in front yards on the west side of homes. This placement provides the optimal amount of shade for cooling homes in the summer while still allowing for homes to be heated in the winter with southern exposure. Residents meeting the eligibility requirements will receive information about the program in one of two ways: 1) by mail in the form of a postcard or 2) via door-to-door canvassing by trained personnel. Trees will be planted only with prior approval from the homeowner, which includes a commitment to provide care.
For more details about this program, please contact The Mile High Million at 720.913.0631 or 720.913.0620, or by email at million.trees@denvergov.org.
The Mile High Million:
The Mile High Million serves as a regional champion for trees, convening community partners to plant and steward one million trees by 2025 in order to improve our environment, our economy and our quality of life. As an initiative of Greenprint Denver, The Mile High Million is a catalyst in the mission to create a legacy of environmental sustainability. Be One in a Million by planting a tree today, and then make your tree count by registering it at www.milehighmillion.org
Veterans Green Jobs:
Veterans Green Jobs is an organization based in Denver that provides green jobs education, transition support, and career and enterprise development opportunities for military veterans, empowering and supporting them to lead America’s transition to energy independence, ecological restoration, community renewal and economic prosperity. VGJ was founded in 2008 and operates programs in a variety of green job fields including home energy efficiency, renewable energy, land conservation and urban forestry. VGJ has rapidly growing programs in four states with an annual budget of over $11M. To learn more about VGJ, please visit www.veteransgreenjobs.org
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