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Tempe planting more than 100 trees on Saturday, Oct. 28

Post Date:10/20/2017 10:00 AM

The City of Tempe is hosting its largest ever tree planting event on Saturday, Oct. 28 when dozens of volunteers will plant more than 100 trees near Tempe Town Lake.  The city received funds for the trees through a grant from American Forests, with additional funding provided by Urban Offsets/ASU/Duke University and Bank of America.

The tree planting is a significant first step towards the proposed goal of 25 percent tree and shade canopy on city property, as outlined in the Urban Forestry Master Plan. Tempe received the American Forest grant to support the city’s effort to be a 20 Minute City by 2040, and as part of American Forest’s Community ReLeaf Program. In addition to volunteers, Bank of America has supported the Community ReLeaf Program since 2013 and helped fund nearly 20 cities across the U.S. as part of its comprehensive investment in environmental sustainability initiatives that enhance community livability and economic growth. 

Volunteers can still sign up to help. A light breakfast along with all supplies and tools will be provided. The first hundred volunteers will also receive a free t-shirt. Contact Bonnie Richardson at bonnie_richardson@tempe.gov to volunteer.

Volunteer information

When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Near Tempe Town Lake, just east of Tempe Center for the Arts

Parking: Use lot west of Tempe Center for the Arts at Hardy and Rio Salado Pkwy. We strongly suggest carpooling or using transit as this is a busy weekend with many downtown activities.    

Urban forest facts from American Forest

  • Cooling Cities: Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. Planting trees helps mitigate heat in cities, which is particularly important in city with high temperatures like Tempe.
  • Air: Two mature trees provide enough oxygen for one person to breathe each day! Trees help clean the air of harmful pollutants such as ozone, nitrogen oxides, ammonia and sulfur dioxides.
  • Stormwater: Trees absorb stormwater flow, helping to reduce flooding and the erosion of fragile desert soils. Soil runoff from large storms also pollutes our streams.
  • Wildlife Habitat: Forests and trees provide food and shelter to many animals from insects to birds and mammals, including urban wildlife.
  • Recreation: Forests provide green space and play space in cities, beautifying our neighborhoods and encouraging people to live healthier lifestyles.
  • Climate Change: Trees have the capability of capturing and storing tons of carbon and therefore help mediate climate change.

For more information on Tempe’s urban forestry efforts, visit www.tempe.gov/UrbanForest

MEDIA CONTACT: Melissa Quillard, 480-350-8805, melissa_quillard@tempe.gov

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