You may have heard recently that on Friday, November 20, we joined the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in Joyce Kilmer Park to plant the one millionth tree of MillionTreesNYC - an innovative, public-private initiative with an important and ambitious goal – to plant and care for one million new trees across the city’s five boroughs. Together, the initiative not only maintained momentum, but quickly sped up ensuring we reached our goal. More than one million trees have been planted throughout the five boroughs, two years ahead of schedule!
Joining us at this celebratory planting in the South Bronx was our very own Founder, Bette Midler, our Executive Director Deborah Marton, Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg who launched the MillionTreesNYC initiative, Council Member Mark Levine, Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Congressman Jose E. Serrano, and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
We ended this momentous day for the City of New York by lighting the Empire State Building forest green in celebration of the wonderful supporters – like you! – who made this initiative possible!