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Current Projects

2020 Recipients

United States

Washington, D.C.

Green Compass and local partner, Casey Trees, are working to develop green infrastructure in Wards 7 and 8 of Washington D.C. This project will install new educational signage and host two community engagement events, focusing on green infrastructure and community tree planting, where neighborhood volunteers will have the opportunity to plant 50 trees. The events and signs will give people an opportunity to connect with green space, plant and maintain new urban trees, and interactively learn more about the benefits of green infrastructure.

Miami, Florida

This project in the community of Overton will improve the efforts of the Green Haven Project, planting shade and fruit trees to become a source for food, reduce carbon emissions, and provide shade that will help cool the local community. This site is composed of multi-family housing, a major highway, a school, and local businesses. There is high pedestrian traffic, as well as motor vehicle traffic with limited shade in the area. Together, with Citizens for a Better South Florida, the project will also include a tree giveaway of 300 fruit trees for small spaces and improve air quality and cool down urban heat island temperatures.

Palatka, Florida

The neighborhood in the city of Palatka is already considered a critical area of concern. The project will improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, connecting citizens to essential municipal services. This project will plant 40 trees along St. Johns Avenue, a main walking and biking connector, to provide shade canopy where there is currently none and calm traffic flow. The purchase and installation of bike racks and benches throughout the city will improve the bikeability and walkability and encourage outdoor activities and exercise, including the funding of two training workshops that will be free and open to the public and additional educational outreach with local partners.

Baltimore, Maryland

The Baltimore Tree Trust, TreeBaltimore, and the City of Baltimore are leveraging established initiatives and partnerships to build on their joint efforts to ensure equitable access of a healthy urban forest by all Baltimore residents. Funding will be designated to further the strategic initiatives related to cooling down East Baltimore in these programs: Urban Roots Apprenticeship (URA) — the city's only forestry-focused workforce development program, City TreeKeepers & Weed Warriors — empowering volunteers to become better stewards of the urban forest, and the East Baltimore Tree Inventory — building a more data-driven system for tracking plantings throughout Baltimore.

Lawrence, Massachusetts

Groundwork Lawrence is dedicated to creating the building blocks of a healthy community. The funding from this grant will support the implementation of the Market Street Tree Canopy Project in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The project calls for the creation of 31 new tree pits in the sidewalk along the north side of Market Street as part of planned sidewalk replacement. Trees are selected based on hardiness, tolerance for harsh roadside conditions, climate change adaptation, and canopy size. This project is in an area that has a lower tree canopy, older housing stock, higher wind speeds, and a large renter population. These new trees will help cool the area from the urban heat island that currently exists.

Clifton, New Jersey

Nash Park is situated within a low-to-moderate income tract in Clifton, New Jersey and has been identified as an open space in need of canopy coverage. The city of Clifton, in partnership with the Clifton Environmental Commission and the New Jersey Tree Foundation, will plant approximately fifty trees in and around Nash Park to offset the city’s carbon footprint as well as alleviate the summer heat, increase breathability, and decrease pollution levels. Clifton residents and visitors walking to and around park ground will benefit from the addition of shade trees which will serve as a barrier to the urban heat island in and around the Nash Park vicinity.

Flushing, New York

Serving one of the most diverse, densely populated neighborhoods in the United States, The Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is the primary source of botanical education for more than 265,000 children and adults in Queens. To help fight the Urban heat island effect, QBG will install new green infrastructure and plant trees, shrubs, and other plants with the help of members of the community. New green infrastructure introduced will assist in maintaining areas prone to flooding and building up planting areas for new flowering trees, shrubs, and plants providing shade and soil moisture retention.

Asheville, North Carolina

As part of the Climate Resilience Plan for the city of Asheville, GreenWorks has identified three hot spot regions that have residence with the highest heat vulnerability, including families living below the poverty line and households with members 65 years of age and older that live in proximity to developed land cover, low tree canopy, and high land surface temperatures. This project is part of GreenWorks’ ambitious goal to restore the city’s tree canopy by planting 2,500 trees per year using an equity lens to strategically plant trees in locations that have a high heat vulnerability index and the potential for the greatest impact.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Practicing the principle of “neighbors owning change,” Esperanza is working with the neighbors of Hunting Park to tackle urban heat island issues in the area. This project will plant street trees across two blocks in the main commercial corridors in Hunting Park, increasing foot traffic and encouraging economic growth. In addition to building stormwater planters, these projects will decrease the area’s non-porous surfaces to protect local waterways. Bilingual educational workshops will be hosted with community partner, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, for training in advanced tree pruning, Tree Care update seminars, and Tree Tenders training.

Central Falls, Rhode Island

Continuing a six-year long project, this grant will support the planting of 30 trees during a community wide back-to-school event this fall as well as plant an additional 1,000 trees with volunteer support. In conjunction with the fall event, the city will host tree-related professional development and education opportunities and a five-week “Tree Warden Apprenticeship” program benefiting local youth. Central Falls’ long-term forestry program focuses on economic and social benefits through ongoing urban forest management and educational programming.


Strathmore, Alberta

Strathmore is considered one of the sunniest places in Canada. The green space for this project experiences more annual browning because of the lack of tree canopy available near the creek and throughout the park. The goal of this project is to make the space more user-friendly though the planting of a variety of suitable trees and shrubs, and manicuring of the grass that will surround the new trees. Local community volunteers will come together to enhance their urban forest, working to beautify the area and enhance civic pride.

New Westminster, British Columbia

Brow of the Hill neighborhood is a dense, multi-family low to medium income area deficient in both park space and street trees in the city of New Westminster. Together, with the city of New Westminster, the Brow of the Hill Residents Association will engage residents to develop a new park space for the neighborhood and plant street trees in over 400 sites throughout the neighborhood. A participatory approach to the park design will further encourage stewardship of the new park and encourage local recreation, community gathering, and programing of community-scale events. This neighborhood will greatly benefit from the new green, permeable space by decreasing the urban heat island effect that significantly impacts this community.

Fredericton, New Brunswick

The city of Fredericton will work with numerous local elementary schools to plant trees at the Government House property, an important social and cultural site that hosts many diverse groups throughout the year. Students, teachers, and school staff will be invited to Government House for a tree planting day that will include opportunities for education, activities, and a hands-on tree-planting experience. The project will aid in the replenishment of the Government House tree canopy coverage. The property has slowly lost canopy coverage for the last several decades due to storm damage as well as natural succession.

Moncton, New Brunswick

The Fundy Biosphere Reserve (FBR) is a community-based initiative working to promote the sustainable development of local forests, specifically near the town of Riverton. This project will integrate research and recommendations for urban forestry management and pilot a citizen-led urban tree inventory. Over the course of the spring and fall, FBR will plant 1,000 trees across five acres. In addition to planting climate change resilient trees in the region, FBR will host workshops and host a conference for stakeholders to share best practices around urban forestry, while also compiling resources and guidelines for use by other municipalities.

Hamilton, Ontario

Hearing from the residents of the city of Hamilton, Environment Hamilton is addressing the concerns around air quality and lack of trees. This project will focus on the location of Windermere Basin Park for a large-scale (500 tree) community tree-planting event. Planting efforts will be focused in the surrounding neighborhoods close to Windermere Basin by giving away 500 free trees as there is low tree canopy coverage nearby. The distribution of trees outside the park and the plantings within the park will significantly impact the urban heat island effects in these urban neighborhoods. Along with the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, Environment Hamilton will offer education information and workshops on the importance of where trees are planted on a property to maximize cooling effects.

Hamilton, Ontario – Barton Village Business Improvement Area

Barton Village was once a bustling shopping and business district close to Hamilton’s industrial heart. With the collapse of the steel industry, so too did the neighborhood infrastructure. The proposed project will create community green spaces in two underutilized boulevards on Barton Street by removing hard, impermeable surfaces. This will reduce polluted runoff, naturally cool the urban environment, restore the natural water cycles, and increase biodiversity. In collaboration with the city of Hamilton, Barton Street, and Green Venture, this Depave Paradise project will remove over 200 square meters of asphalt and introduce 100 native plants, shrubs, and trees.

Mississauga, Ontario

Brickyard Park in the Cooksville neighborhood, the Frank McKechnie Community Centre in the Hurontario neighborhood, and Windrush Woods in the Meadowvale community, are the primary areas for the 2020 TD Green Space grant recipients in Mississauga. The focus in each area will be unique: Cooksville will focus on seven tree planting events, Hurontario will focus on tree species and tree benefit education, and Meadowvale will focus on removing invasive species and introducing the biodiversity important to this critical woodland system. The 1,010 trees planted as part of this project will contribute toward the city-wide One Million Tree initiative.

Mississauga, Ontario

Association for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER), together with participating communities, will work together to improve their community and lower societal barriers by planting trees. Youth at risk, along with community elders/supervisors, will be trained to plant, maintain, and measure 1,500 trees to increase tree canopy in the identified areas. The Peel Region’s Project Crossroads is based in the communities in areas of known high social needs and of low tree canopy. These selected planting communities will hold monthly meetings about current community issues that they choose, participate in hands-on training on site, report on progress in plantings as well as tree benchmark measurements and tree health status. The planting communities will be supported by the cities of Mississauga and Brampton along with other ACER partners.

Quebec City, Quebec

Focusing on the Saint-Roch and Saint-Sauveur neighborhoods of Quebec City, project sous les pavés (under the cobblestones) will support the efforts of Quebec City and its plan for the sustainable development of its territory for the benefit of public health. Mobilizing members of the neighborhood, this project will involve removing non-porous pavement to make way for the planting of new vegetation. This will contribute to better stormwater management. Sous les pavés is aimed at two sites that will directly benefit the working-class neighborhood to cool the urban heat islands.

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec

Pour un Réseau Actif dans nos Quartiers (PRAQ) is an organization that works to mobilize citizens to fight against poverty and social exclusion. This project will focus in the Robert-Cauchon neighborhood in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, creating a community green space where nearby residents can create relationships, have access to edible plants, and take advantage of a refreshing green space that brings hope. Trees will be planted along the edge of parking lots and sidewalks to create shaded areas, flower beds set in the ground, and raised planters with native and edible plants will be set up with a bench and lunch area.

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