FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 27, 2021
NYC PARKS TREE TIME AWARDED $20,000 TD GREEN SPACE GRANT FOR INNOVATIVE URBAN FORESTRY INITIATIVES IN UNDERSERVED NEIGHBORHOODS
Today, NYC Parks Tree Time, a program of NYC Parks and the City Parks Foundation, announced that it received a $20,000 USD TD Green Space Grant from TD Bank Group (TD) and the Arbor Day Foundation to support innovative urban greening and tree planting projects in underserved communities.
Tree Time plans to use the grant to plant ten street-ready trees within steps of Elmhurst Hospital in Elmhurst, Queens. Trees will go in O’Connor Playground, O’Connors Tail, and along a nearby street. Volunteers led by experienced Parks foresters will work together to plant the trees.
New York City was one of 20 U.S. and Canadian cities selected to receive a grant.
"Green spaces provide long-lasting environmental benefits, but they also play a vital role in creating more vibrant, livable cities by providing social, health and economic benefits for individuals and families," said Shelley Sylva Head of U.S Social Impact at TD Bank. "TD is proud to work with the Arbor Day Foundation to help create a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow by supporting critical green space programs in New York City."
“Our goal with this grant program is to help communities not only enrich their green spaces but also enrich lives,” said Dan Lambe, President, Arbor Day Foundation. “We are supporting New York City in its effort to build awareness about the benefits of trees, educate residents on proper tree care, and lay the groundwork for a greener future.”
“I am proud we have focused on the Elmhurst community as a recipient for this grant - not just for the numerous ecological benefits these trees will offer, but also to serve as catalysts for healing, reflection, and sanctuary for the entire neighborhood, which was once the global epicenter for COVID-19,” said Jennifer Greenfeld, NYC Parks Assistant Commissioner for Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources. “I want to thank TD Global Corporate Citizenship and the Arbor Day Foundation for this generous green space grant, which will benefit the entire Elmhurst community for years to come.”
TD provides funding for the grants, which are awarded annually for tree planting, maintenance costs and educational activities. The program is administered by the Arbor Day Foundation. TD Green Space Grants are made possible as part of the TD Ready Commitment, TD's global corporate citizenship platform, aimed at opening doors to a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.
To be eligible for a grant, qualified municipalities must be located within TD's operating footprint in the United States and Canada. Priority was given to projects occurring in underserved areas of local communities. For municipalities applying within the U.S., preference was given to currently recognized Tree City USA® communities or those interested in becoming a Tree City USA community over the next calendar year.
In addition to New York City, other grant recipients this year are:
East Providence, Rhode Island
Greenville, South Carolina
Newburgh, New York
New Castle, Delaware
Queens, New York
Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador
Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
New Westminster, British Columbia
Surrey, British Columbia
For more information, visit arborday.org/programs/tdgreenspacegrants.
About the Arbor Day Foundation: Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation is the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Their vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.
About TD Global Corporate Citizenship
TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, the TD Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $750 million*) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow – Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through the TD Ready Commitment, the bank aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident - not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit www.td.com/tdreadycommitment