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March 17, 2017 – Bristol, RI – Mosaico CDC along with the Town of Bristol were announced as the winners of a TD Green Streets, a grant program from TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and the Arbor Day Foundation supporting innovation in urban forestry. The $20,000 grant will fund projects in Bristol, RI including the planting of new trees throughout the Wood Street neighborhood, while enriching the education of neighbors and children on the environmental benefits of trees. Mosaico and the Town applied for the grant as part of their overall efforts to revitalize the Wood Street neighborhood.
Colt Andrews Elementary School students will assist with the planting of several of the trees purchased with the grant funds. The new trees will be planted along Wood Street and several side streets located within the area, from Magnolia Street to High Street and Bayview Avenue to Catherine Street.
In addition to the tree planting, there is an educational component designed by the teachers from Bristol Warren Regional School District and Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum. As part of a curriculum-based program on trees and the environment, third grade students at Colt Andrews Elementary School, will participate in a hands-on classroom lesson, a visit from Professor Pricklethorn, (aka Warren Hoselton from Toronto, Canada), and a field trip to Blithewold’s arboretum, celebrating their own 90th anniversary as an Arboretum.
The week-long program ends with a culminating educational Arbor Day Celebration on April 29, 2017, from 12 to 3p.m. at the Bristol Industrial Park, 500 Wood Street. The Arbor Day event will include students planting trees at 11:30 am, followed by the Arbor Day Event. At the Event, there will be several educational stations set up by volunteers, where students will continue to learn about the environment through interactive demonstrations, including Roger Williams University students’ inventory and GPS mapping program, recycling by the Bristol Recycles Committee, terrarium crafts, the watershed model by Save Bristol Harbor, tree planting and maintenance by Bartlett Tree Experts and the Bristol Conservation Commission, and presentations by Bristol’s Health Equity Zone. The Wood Street Arbor Day project is a collaborative effort by the Town of Bristol, Mosaico, the Bristol Conservation Commission, the Bristol Warren School District, Blithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum, Roger Williams University, the Common Pub & Grill, other neighborhood businesses, and a local musical band, the CBGBs, who will lead the community in the event’s theme song, Give Trees a Chance.
TD Green Streets is a component of TD Forests, a North American initiative that helps protect critical forest habitats equal to the amount of paper the bank uses each year. Together, these programs underscore the bank’s commitment to forest protection and stewardship, and are a direct investment in the health of our urban tree canopy. "TD Bank is proud to award TD Green Streets grants to these municipalities in support of projects that promote innovation in urban forestry in economically disadvantaged areas," said Joe Doolan, Head of Environmental Affairs for TD Bank. "As the Human bank, TD believes in giving back to the communities we serve, and our work with the Arbor Day Foundation helps us do that across our footprint."
“The Town of Bristol has a long and successful history of managing its public trees. As a designated ‘Tree City USA’ for the past 15 years, the Town is committed to managing its urban forest. Bristol is a unique and scenic community in part because of the presence of its many stately public trees. The Wood Street Arbor Day project will enhance these efforts and will provide a great opportunity for beautification and community engagement within the Wood Street neighborhood” said Steven Contente, Bristol Town Administrator.
Along with Mosaico CDC and the Town of Bristol the following municipalities were awarded TD Green Streets grants in 2017:
Delray Beach, FL
Rock Hill, SC
To be eligible for a TD Green Streets grant, qualified municipalities were required to be current Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA®-designated communities within TD Bank’s United States footprint. Tree City USA® is the nation’s premier urban and community forestry program, providing a foundation for effective, well-organized community tree care.
About TD Green Streets
Launched in 2013 by TD and the Arbor Day Foundation, TD Green Streets supports innovation in urban forestry. To be eligible for a TD Green Streets grant, qualified municipalities must be a current Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA-designated community within TD Bank's U.S. footprint, and the proposed project must take place in a low- to moderate-income neighborhood. More information is available at tdgreenstreets.com.
About the Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org, or by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter or our blog.
About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®
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