August 6, 2009
Under the banner of National NeighborWoods Month, local organizations are joining together to promote our common message- that trees are essential to the health and livability of our cities and towns. In October 2008, NeighborWoods Month resulted in 412 volunteer events delivered by 118 local partners in major markets across the country. Campaign partners planted 33,000 trees, engaged 18,000 volunteers and educated the public about sustainability through education and media outreach. This broad, national reach of NeighborWoods Month raises the level of discussion and action in your community, by emphasizing that tree canopy protection is both a local and a national concern.
NeighborWoods Month Resource List
Leland Milstein, Alliance for Community Trees (College Park, MD)
Leland Milstein is the Program Associate at Alliance for Community Trees, where he assists with the National NeighborWoods Month and NeighborWoods Grant programs, as well as webcasts, newsletters, and research. ACT is committed to the continued growth of NeighborWoods Month as a campaign that unites our members and draws attention to the value of urban forests.
Ken Knight, Goleta Valley Beautiful (Goleta, CA)
Ken Knight is the Executive Director of Goleta Valley Beautiful. Since 1974, Goleta Valley Beautiful has striven to ensure and improve the beauty of California’s Goleta Valley. It provides beautification and urban forest services in all areas west of the Santa Barbara City line. Through Ken’s efforts, Goleta Valley Beautiful supports and enhances a healthy and expanding urban forest through volunteer projects, educational events, community outreach, and a variety of other programs, including consistently successful NeighborWoods Month events.
Webcast attendees will learn:
* Planning your event, organizing volunteers.
* Community outreach; attracting and working with local business and government partners.
* Distinguishing this event from others as a special NeighborWoods Month event.
* Promotion and Marketing: utilizing promotional materials, local media, etc.
* What it means to be part of a nationwide effort–how NeighborWoods Month benefits local groups.
About the Members Only Webcast Series
Members Only Webcasts are monthly sessions held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goals are to update members on current ACT activity, developing programs and partnerships, and future plans. Please plan to join the monthly call to stay connected to ACT, urban forestry, and your peers. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with updates from ACT and at least one ACT member, followed by questions and answers.