September 11, 2008
National NeighborWoods Month is a united campaign to celebrate trees and raise awareness for the value of urban forests. During October, tree groups across the U.S. will engage thousands of volunteers in stewardship events and educational programs, communicating a shared message that trees are essential to the health and livability of communities. Last year, NeighborWoods Month staged 235 events in 62 cities, engaging over 15,000 volunteers in hands-on service to care for city forests.
Join this special webcast to learn how NeighborWoods Month can help you unite local efforts under a national banner to gain greater attention and leverage resources. Also come hear about this year’s event tools and how to use them with your community partners to expand your city’s celebration of NeighborWoods Month in 2008.
National NeighborWoods Month Website
Patrice Sheehan, Tree Program Manager, Delaware Center for Horticulture (Wilmington, DE)
The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) invited ten development companies, fifteen community development organizations, the state forester, ACT, the store manager of the local Home Depot, and Wilmington Mayor James M. Baker to come together for roundtable discussions about community trees. The purpose of the event was to rally the support of various influential stakeholders by discussing the benefits of trees and demonstrating how to join many others who already incorporate trees into construction and redevelopment plans.
Claudia Schenck, Office Director, Tennessee Environmental Council (Nashville, TN)
Providence Park is a model affordable housing community in southeastern Nashville-Davidson County developed by Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity (NAHFH). The 43-acre site represents the largest all-Habitat development in the country, and all of the homes are Energy Star certified. This 138-home subdivision is a showcase of the positive impact homeownership and the establishment of a community can have on individuals, families, neighborhoods, and cities. Even with all of this innovation, little consideration was given to the landscaping, especially on homeowners’ properties, and the consequences of having few trees including noise from the nearby highway, excessive stormwater runoff, poor energy efficiency due to lack of shade and windbreaks, and increased health risks due to poor air quality. On October 21, The Tennessee Environmental Council, in partnership with NAHFH and Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) began the process by planting of 100 2″ caliper trees.
Webcast attendees will learn:
* How to stage an event to help your local urban forest.
* Using the NeighborWoods Month Planning and Promotion Kit
* Funding resources available.
* Free downloadable tools, templates, and resources.
* NeighborWoods Month website.
About this Webcast
This special NeighborWoods Month webcast is made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all. The session is planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10–15 minutes, followed by 10–15 minutes of questions and answers.
CEU Approved: 1 Hour
CFE Category 1 Approved: 1 Hour