Green Communities: Communities of Trees

August 2, 2007
National Webcast
Enterprise Corporation is hosting a webcast about how trees can be used strategically to improve the environmental impact of building and the role trees play in transforming communities. Many often take for granted the remarkable economic, social, and environmental contributions trees make to our communities. The session will run 2-3:30pm EST.

The session aims to help the broader community understand the impact that the strategic use of trees can have in communities, how they can help create this sort of positive environment in the community by making good use of trees in projects, and find out about grant money for trees and how to access it. Those involved in affordable housing and community development work and anyone considering doing a Green Communities project should attend.
* DeAnn Fordham, The Home Depot Foundation
* Larry Smith, North East Trees
* Dana Bourland, Enterprise Community Partners
First speaking will be DeAnn Fordham of The Home Depot Foundation and their Community Trees program. The Home Depot Foundation believes that trees aren’t just “nice” things to have, but that they are essential to a supportive, healthy community. The Foundation views trees as an untapped resource that can be used strategically to help cities deal with the pollution of our air and water, cool our city streets, increase safety, reduce asthma and improve our overall health. Tree planting can be a catalyst to move people to action and to make their neighborhoods healthier, safer and more livable.
Next learn about North East Trees and their award-winning Green Streets Projects Initiative from its Executive Director, Larry Smith. The overarching goal is to intercept stormwater runoff coming off of residential lots and streets, and clean this water using “natural low impact development” techniques that include the use of soil, gravel, perforated underground pipes and suitable native trees and other plant material in parkways, or what are now called “Stormwater Gardens.” These techniques can remove such components of runoff as grease and oil, trace metals, and bacteria. Green Streets Projects also provide the added benefits of reducing the amount of storm runoff that drains directly into the Los Angeles River, engaging community by employing at-risk youth during the development of these projects, and beautifying neighborhoods. The recently completed Oros Green Street is the first completed project of this kind in Los Angeles. Livable places, environmental justice and community involvement including at-risk youth, all intersect in their work in Los Angeles.
Finally, Dana Bourland, Senior Director of Green Communities, will discuss how to access Community Trees grant funds from The Home Depot Foundation for your green affordable housing development through Enterprise’s Green Communities program.
Registration takes place 20 minutes prior to the event at Enterprise Corporation.