NeighborWoods Roundtable Roots Benefits of Trees in Economic Development

Sponsored by TreeUtah, The Home Depot Foundation, and Salt Lake County
Salt Lake City, Utah (April 9, 2008)- TreeUtah has invited local developers, real estate professionals, community development organizations, and Mayor Peter Corroon of Salt Lake County to take part in roundtable discussions on Partnerships Between Trees and Economic Development. Also joining the conversation will be City Forester Bill Rutherford, Chris Browne of Trillium Realty Group, Jared Liu of the Alliance for Community Trees, and Marty Tanner, District Manager of The Home Depot.


The roundtable discussions to be held on April 17 start at 1:00 p.m., preceded by a press conference at 12:45 p.m. and lunch at 12:30 p.m., all at the Black Diamond Store (2084 East 3900 South). The mayor is invited to speak at 12:45 p.m. about the Million Tree Initiative and the importance of trees to Salt Lake County. At the press conference, the Alliance for Community Trees will talk about the national urban & community forest picture, why greening is important, and how Salt Lake’s efforts fit with what other municipalities are doing to increase their tree canopies. The focus of the press conference is to call on developers, real estate professionals, and community development organizations to create a more healthy and livable environment by helping Salt Lake County attain the canopy goals of One Million Trees for One Million People.
TreeUtah is a member of the Alliance for Community Trees, the national urban forestry organization that represents locally-minded leaders who work to ensure that trees are incorporated into planned growth, construction, and redevelopment infrastructure plans. “TreeUtah has done such a tremendous job of highlighting the connections between trees and people. They’re really a national leader in urban and community forestry,” said ACT Director of Programs Jared Liu. Founded in 1993, the Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 150 nonprofit and municipal 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.
After the roundtable, at 3:00 p.m., TreeUtah is sponsoring a tree planting at a housing redevelopment (2730 South Edison Street). The tree planting is a chance for developers and other participants to visit a site and see an example of how TreeUtah can help with planned growth and development.
NeighborWoods is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “The Home Depot Foundation believes that trees aren’t just “nice” things to have, but that they are essential to a supportive, healthy community.” said Kelly Caffarelli, Vice President of The Home Depot. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like TreeUtah, The Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”
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 www.homedepotfoundation.org.
More information at: http://actrees.org and http://treeutah.org
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Kendy Radasky
TreeUtah
Community Forestry Coordinator
801-364-2122
kendy@treeutah.org
Related Resources:
Press Release- NeighborWoods Roundtable Roots Benefits of Trees in Economic Development
TreeUtah
One Million Trees for One Million People