Tree New Mexico Receives $10,000 NeighborWoods Grant for Tree Program

Sponsored by Alliance for Community Trees and The Home Depot Foundation
Albuquerque, N.M. (March 1, 2010)- Tree New Mexico today announced that it will receive a $10,000 grant from Alliance for Community Trees and The Home Depot(r) Foundation. This challenge grant is part of the National NeighborWoods Program(tm), made possible through generous support of The Home Depot Foundation. NeighborWoods is a nationwide initiative that engages the public in hands-on action to produce tangible improvements to community health through tree planting and stewardship. Eleven organizations were honored in the national competition, which promotes strategic partnerships between greening organizations and affordable housing providers. Grant funds will support tree planting to enhance the health and livability of affordable homes.


“The Home Depot Foundation believes that trees are an integral part of a sustainable community’s infrastructure, and we are proud of our partnership with Alliance for Community Trees to plant and preserve a remarkable number of trees in urban areas,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of the The Home Depot Foundation. Since 2005, The Home Depot Foundation partnership with Alliance for Community Trees has invested more than $2 million in grants, technical assistance, and training to promote urban forest restoration for healthy communities nationwide.
“Thanks to the leadership and financial support of The Home Depot Foundation, we’re making investments in neighborhoods where the benefits of trees are needed the most. Trees provide clean air, energy savings for homeowners, and healthier play spaces for kids,” said Alice Ewen, executive director for the Alliance for Community Trees. Through its nationwide membership, Alliance for Community Trees has planted 15 million trees with help from 10.7 million volunteer hours to improve cities and towns nationwide.
The NeighborWoods grants recognize local urban forestry and affordable housing partnerships that will result in tangible, strategic improvements in the health and livability of the home environment of low-income families. The grants will fund projects that demonstrate the connection among quality affordable housing, adequate green spaces and trees and the overall health and success of communities. Trees can be the catalyst for profound community change and are an essential component of creating a strong and healthy community. Studies show that:
* When planted to provide shade and windbreaks, as few as three trees can reduce residential utility costs by as much as 50%.
* Residential property values are 5-12% higher when landscaping includes trees.
* Children exhibit greater concentration and self-control, even displaying fewer symptoms of ADHD, when they are provided with daily access to green settings.
* Children who live on tree-lined streets have lower rates of asthma.
* Trees along roadways encourage slower and safer driving; tree-lined streets have fewer accidents.
Tree New Mexico works to ensure sustainable forests in urban and rural communities and natural areas through restoration, public education, and advocacy. Trees are rare on residential properties in Albuquerque’s low-income, at-risk neighborhoods, and also on the blighted streetscapes of many neighborhoods in Las Cruces, one of the fastest-growing areas in New Mexico. Focusing on underserved residents and homeowners, TNM will use this grant to partner with local affordable housing associations to plant 88 low-water-use, energy-saving, shade trees in low-income areas in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. In the spring, TNM will plant at new homeowner properties in Las Cruces through partnerships with Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity and Las Cruces Clean and Beautiful. In the fall, TNM will collaborate with the Sawmill Community Land Trust, the Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership, and Albuquerque’s City Forester to plant trees on more than 30 home sites throughout the city. Volunteers from the impacted neighborhoods, TNM, and the local Home Depot stores will help distribute trees to private homeowners and assist residents with the plantings. This project will support community revitalization not only by improving property values through beautification and reducing residents’ energy costs, but also by encouraging volunteerism, bringing together neighbors, and creating a sense of pride and shared accomplishment in the impacted communities.
About Alliance for Community Trees
Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) is dedicated to ensuring clean air, green streets, and healthy neighborhoods by planting and caring for trees. With 160 grassroots affiliates in 41 states and Canada, ACT engages volunteers to take action to improve the environment where 80% of people live – in urban areas. Together, ACT member organizations have planted and cared for 15 million trees in cities with help from over 5 million volunteers. For more information, visit www.actrees.org.
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to building affordable homes for working families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own. To make homes healthy and affordable, the Foundation encourages developers to incorporate responsible design and use durable and quality materials to ensure that homes are more energy and water efficient, have good indoor air quality, and provide a safe and healthy space to live. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $120 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 65,000 affordable, healthy homes. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
Contact:
Suzanne Probart
Tree New Mexico
505-265-4554
Related Resources:
Tree New Mexico Receives $10,000 NeighborWoods Grant for Tree Program
Alliance for Community Trees Announces $100,000 National Grant Program Recipients
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