Southern California to Celebrate National NeighborWoods Month

Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation
Novato, Calif. (October 24, 2007)- California Urban Forests Council today announced that they will celebrate National NeighborWoods Month by participating in the Great Clean Air Tree Planting Program. This event is one of more than 225 regreening, educational, and training efforts in 60 cities throughout the country being promoted during October as part of NeighborWoods Month. NeighborWoods Month is a national campaign of the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). California Urban Forests Council is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.


Partnering with the California Urban Forests Council are United Voices for Healthier Communities (UVHC) and 5,000 volunteers who will come together to plant and care for 6,500 trees at 30 sites across Southern California on Make a Difference Day. When these trees reach maturity, they will remove 1,368 tons of CO2 and 39,344 lbs of pollutants every year. The Great Clean Air Tree Planting Project will be the largest single-day urban tree planting effort in the history of the South Coast Air Basin. The initiative already had three amazing kick-offs in Riverside, Anaheim, and Fontana with over 1,000 volunteers. This project is made possible by a major grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
California Urban Forests Council’s celebration will take place as follows:
10/27/07- 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Los Angeles Riverside, Orange & San Bernardino Counties
More information at: http://calendar.neighborwoodsmonth.org or www.caufc.org
“Having local organizations like California Urban Forests Council participate in National NeighborWoods Month helps us show the cumulative effect of a burgeoning urban and community forestry movement,” said ACT Executive Director Alice Ewen Walker. Founded in 1993, the Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 140 nonprofit 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.
NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “National NeighborWoods Month offers a unique opportunity for people to understand the contributions of trees to the health, beauty and livability of their communities,” said Kelly Caffarelli, Vice President of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with ACT and local NeighborWoods organizations like California Urban Forests Council, 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.
For Immediate Release Contact:
Nancy Hughes
California Urban Forests Council
415-408-3222
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View the complete California Urban Forests Council press release.