Neighborhood Roots is a collaboration between the Natural Areas Action Team and Community Inclusion Action Team. Our purpose is to plant as many trees as possible in neighborhoods in our community that could benefit from increased tree cover, thus creating greater “shade equity”.
The goals of the project are to:
- Promote healthier, more livable neighborhoods through cleaner air and fewer “heat islands” – areas that are significantly warmer in the summer due to increased pavement and fewer trees
- Encourage equity by creating pleasant urban environments for everyone
- Provide opportunities for civic engagement and community connections
Increasing tree cover will also result in greater energy savings, reduction in stormwater runoff, and an increase in property values.
Neighborhood Roots volunteers are currently working on identifying residential properties in specific neighborhoods that could benefit from greater tree cover. Following neighborhood outreach in the spring and summer, tree planting will take place in late fall/early winter.
Join us! Receive updates and announcements about the Neighborhood Roots project by signing up to be a member of our Google group.