New York Restoration Project to Plant 825 Trees in the South Bronx
Plantings to cool temperatures, reduce energy use, beautify Bronx public spaces
NEW YORK, NY, April 2015 – Starting this month, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) -- a Bette Midler-founded non-profit that transforms open spaces in under-resourced communities -- will plant the first of 825 trees as part of a large-scale tree planting and maintenance project in the South Bronx.
This “Greening the Bronx” scope of work includes the planting of 825 trees, stewardship of the trees two years after planting and implementation of community-engaged tree care workshops to teach locals and businesses how to care for trees in their neighborhood. The plantings will cool temperatures, clean air, reduce energy use, and beautify Bronx’s streets, parks and other public spaces.
During the spring and fall planting seasons in 2015, the trees will be planted in key properties throughout the South Bronx that are selected in need of greening, including 550 trees on select New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) housing developments, 100 in NYC Parks, 40 at New York State Department of Education (NYS DOE) schools and 35 along roadway medians; and 100 replanted street trees.
As part of the project, a two-year stewardship plan will also be implemented with the help of The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) and Trees New York, to ensure long-term health of the trees. CEO will provide tree maintenance job-readiness training in the basics of tree care and maintenance, to perform tasks such as weeding and mulching tree pits, watering trees, and other such necessary jobs. Trees New York will conduct community tree care training workshops and citizen pruner classes to educate residents and businesses on how to ensure optimal health of trees.
“We are deeply committed to greening the South Bronx and look forward to bringing so many new trees to the area,” said Deborah Marton, NYRP Executive Director. “Trees mitigate the heat island effect and fortify community health by cleaning air and water, encouraging physical activity and reducing energy usage.”
The 825 trees to be planted are estimated to absorb 20,625 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, with carbon sequestration increasing approximately 40 percent each year as the trees grow. Within the first year of planting, the trees will help save approximately $23,100 in energy costs, with an additional 10 percent each year the trees grow.
About New York Restoration Project
New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers deserve beautiful, high-quality public space within ready walking distance of their homes. Since our founding in 1995 by Bette Midler, NYRP has planted trees, renovated gardens, restored parks, and transformed open space for communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. As New York’s only citywide conservancy, we bring private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support, fortifying the City’s aging infrastructure and creating a healthier environment for those who live in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods. To learn more, please visit http://www.nyrp.org.
Anne Tan-Detchkov, Director of Marketing & Communications
New York Restoration Project (NYRP)