Trees New York Awarded $20,000 TD Green Streets Grant for Innovative Urban Forestry Initiatives in Harlem
Trees New York will use the grant to train neighborhood volunteers in tree care and to plant and steward neighborhood trees. The initiative kicked-off on Tuesday, April 17th with a tree planting and stewardship project on West 152nd Street between Amsterdam and Convent.
New York was one of 10 U.S. cities selected for grants this year of up to $20,000 from TD Green Streets.
“TD Bank is committed to enhancing urban tree canopies and green space as part of our vision to support the transition to a low-carbon economy and nurture sustainability in the communities we serve,” said Joseph Doolan, TD Bank’s Head of Environmental Affairs. “Through our longstanding partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, we are supporting innovative community programs in cities including New York that do more than beautify underserved urban neighborhoods – trees improve air quality, capture carbon emissions, and enhance the quality of life.”
“Every new tree improves the health and beauty of our city and offers a valuable learning opportunity. We are excited to partner with local volunteers and TD Bank to ensure our city’s trees survive and thrive.” Nelson Villarrubia, Executive Director, Trees New York.
TD Bank provides the funding for the grants, which are awarded annually for tree planting, maintenance costs and educational activities, and the Arbor Day Foundation administers the program. TD Green Streets is a component of TD Forests, a North American initiative aimed at growing urban forests, protecting critical forest habitats and encouraging responsible use of forest products.