NeighborWoods- Make A Difference Day Part of NeighborWoods Month Celebrations

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Tucson Clean & Beautiful and Tucson Electric Power Company are co-sponsoring a Make A Difference Day Volunteer Project to work with volunteers to plant over 100 trees at parks. Also on this day, 300 children will paint 300 recycling barrels for placement thorughout parks and city offices and several local nonprofit recycling agencies will be accepting electronic items free of charge for reuse or proper recycling and disposal. Throughout Neighborwoods Month, Trees for Tucson will also continue to distribute approximately 300 low-cost shade trees (over 3,000 per year total) for Tucson area homeowners to plant at their homes, with the goal of reducing electricity usage and costs due to air conditioning needs during warm months. Additional long-term benefits of this program include reduced CO2 emissions at power plants, improved aesthetics and property values, better air quality, reduced stormwater runoff and improved water quality, enhanced urban wildlife habitat, and much more! More than 300 volunteers are expected for the tree planting and recycling volunteer projects on this day. Mayor Bob Walkup is scheduled to address the audience and read a proclamation at 8:15am, while other attending guests will include: Alliance for Community Trees Director of Programs Jared Liu, Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Elias, City of Tucson Councilmember Nina Trasoff, City of Tucson Parks & Recreation Director Fred Gray, Tucson Clean & Beautiful President Sally Gestautas, and Tucson Fire Department/Household Hazardous Waste Deputy Chief Dan Uthe.


Date: October 25, 2008 at 8:00 a.m.
Location: Reid Park Therapeutic Recreation Center, 1000 S. Randolph Way, north of 22nd St.
Purpose: To celebrate the benefits of trees in the places people live. During National NeighborWoods Month, we want to share the message that planting and caring for trees adds value to our communities. Trees are not just a local concern but a national one as well. Your participation in National NeighborWoods Month not only enhances your community’s health, but also furthers our collective efforts to ensure that everyone gets to live in neighborhoods with trees.
Note: National NeighborWoods Month is part of the National NeighborWoods program, an initiative to re-green North American cities from coast to coast. The National NeighborWoods initiative is a program of the national Alliance for Community Trees in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation.
For Immediate Release Contact:
Joan Lionetti
September 29, 2008
Trees for Tucson
520-791-3109
joan.lionetti@tucsonaz.gov
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Related Resources:
Local NeighborWoods Month Event Media Advisory
National NeighborWoods Month Media Advisory