City of Poughkeepsie Selected To Partner With TD Tree Days to Enhance Urban Forest By Planting Trees
The City of Poughkeepsie has been selected by TD Bank to receive a 2020 TD Tree Days grant, enabling City staff to plant 60 native trees at scattered sites from October 19 to October 30.
TD Tree Days is a community-based program created in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, which expands urban forests and green spaces in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. Planting sites were also selected based on their location within high foot-traffic commercial corridors and CSO catchment areas.
“We are appreciative of TD Bank and this excellent program that has so many community and environmental benefits,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.
“We’re honored to support City of Poughkeepsie during TD Tree Days to expand the tree canopy and help provide a healthier environment, which is critically important this year as more people recognize the wellness benefits of spending time outdoors during the pandemic,” said Shelley Sylva, TD Bank’s Head of Social Impact. “TD Tree Days is part of the TD Ready Commitment which supports initiatives to help ensure a sustainable and inclusive future for all. TD Tree Days is one of many programs that promote a vibrant planet by providing green spaces where they are most needed. Trees do much more than beautify our communities – they produce oxygen; improve air quality and slow climate change by reducing carbon emissions, airborne pollutants and smog; provide cooling shade to reduce energy costs; and enhance quality of life.”
Now in its ninth year, the TD Tree Days program typically brings together community members and TD employees at planting events in communities from Maine to Florida. Founded in Canada in 2010, the program has positively impacted communities and the environment as TD’s flagship volunteer and urban greening program, planting more than 435,000 native trees and shrubs, primarily in Canada and the U.S., and is managed with support from the Arbor Day Foundation. Under the TD Ready Commitment platform, TD pledges to plant one million trees in North America by 2030, and the TD Tree Days program will count toward that goal.
City of Poughkeepsie is one of 17 organizations in the United States that was chosen to participate in TD Tree Days through an application process.
“We are excited to participate in TD Tree Days because planting new trees was a key action identified in the City’s recently completed Tree Inventory and Management Plan,” said Natalie Quinn, City of Poughkeepsie’s Planning Director. “Our street trees are the only public infrastructure that actually increases in value with age. The cumulative benefits of our urban forest are shared by all residents, current and future.”
In addition to Poughkeepsie, TD Tree Days events are scheduled in these communities this award cycle: Detroit, MI, Trenton, NJ. Wimauma, FL, Piedmont, SC, Lewiston, ME, Camden, NJ, Boynton Beach, FL, Poughkeepsie, NY, Bronx, NY, Pine Forest and Crandon Parks in Miami, FL, Bridgeport, CT, Myrtle Beach, SC, Roxbury, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Wilmington, DE, and Pawtucket, RI.
About the TD Ready Commitment
TD Tree Days supports TD’s longstanding commitment to community enrichment and forms one component of its TD Ready Commitment, a multi-year platform that actively promotes inclusivity, economic vitality, environmental wellbeing and health, enabling people of all backgrounds to succeed in a rapidly changing world. As part of the TD Ready Commitment, TD targets CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four critical areas: Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through this platform, TD aspires to create a more inclusive tomorrow — helping people of all backgrounds feel more confident, not just about their finances, but about their ability to achieve their goals. Click here for more information about the TD Ready Commitment.
About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®
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