American Bar Association Kicks Off One Million Trees Project in Baltimore
CHICAGO, Aug. 28, 2009 – The American Bar Association, in partnership with the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) and the Parks & People Foundation, will kick off the ABA’s One Million Trees Project in a public ceremony Sept. 23 at Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School in West Baltimore.
The event is being held in conjunction with the 17th Annual ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Fall Meeting. The ABA’s One Million Trees Project is a five-year national effort to plant one million trees across the United States. Overseen by the local ACT affiliate Parks & People Foundation, the Franklin Square project will bring together volunteer ABA members along with students, teachers and community members to plant trees in the schoolyard and around the building as part of the campaign to beautify Baltimore’s neighborhoods.
Participants will plant 10 to 15 trees at the Franklin Square schoolyard, surrounding streets and nearby park, as well as weed, mulch and install flowering beds. The tree planting event will also serve as the launching point for NeighborWoods Month, a community service campaign to heighten awareness for trees in cities all around the nation. NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation, which is also the sponsor of the kick-off event.
ABA members are encouraged to contribute to the One Million Trees project by participating in hands-on tree planting activities in their community, engaging in publicity and educational outreach efforts throughout the year, and purchasing a tree through any of the program partners. Through public outreach and partnering efforts, this project aims to raise the nation’s awareness of the multiple benefits of trees and their role in helping to fight climate change.
For more information on the One Million Trees Project, please visit http://www.abanet.org/environ/projects/million_trees/home.shtml.
About the American Bar Association
The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources is the premier forum for lawyers working in areas related to environmental law, natural resources law, and energy law.
With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice and to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
About Alliance for Community Trees
Alliance for Community Trees is dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. With 160 grassroots affiliates in 40 states and Canada, ACT engages volunteers to take action to improve the environment where 80 percent of people live – in urban areas. ACT member organizations have planted and cared for 14.9 million trees in cities with help from 4.3 million volunteers. For more information, visit www.actrees.org.
About Parks and People Foundation
Since 1984, Parks & People Foundation has worked to improve the quality of life in Baltimore’s neighborhoods. Their staff, volunteers and partners in the community have developed innovative solutions to issues facing our city including the restoration of our neighborhoods and their natural resources as well as the academic enrichment and motivation of our children. In order to realize the vision of a healthy environment where people live, work, learn and play, they have formed a strategy targeting two major fields of endeavor: Great Parks, Clean Streams & Green Communities and Motivating Youth. For more information, visit www.parksandpeople.org.
About the Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to building affordable homes for working families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own. To make homes healthy and affordable, the Foundation encourages developers to incorporate responsible design and use durable and quality materials to ensure that homes are more energy and water efficient, have good indoor air quality, and provide a safe and healthy space to live. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $120 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 65,000 affordable, healthy homes. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
Editor’s note: Reporters are invited to this event. The project will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 23. Franklin Square school is located at 200 N. Stricker Street at 1400 W. Lexington Street, Baltimore. Press credentials may be obtained by contacting Lynne Van Buskirk at 312/988-6136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.