Why NeighborWoods and Tree Equity?
Trees should not be an either-or option. When any neighborhood gets more trees we all win.
Cities that have a robust, ‘equitable-distributed network of trees’ are equipped with valuable assets that make all of our communities cooler, more liveable, and economically resilient.
Trees increase the quality of living for communities. This builds pride and ownership which leads to residents taking more interest in their neighborhood and homes. Surrounding communities also begin to take notice, building mutual respect and caring for one another.
That’s why in 2008 we launched our very first tree planting program called NeighborWoods with the goal of tree equity. Over the next two years TreesUpstate, known as TreesGreenville until 2019, was part of the revitalization of several urban neighborhoods that had been harmed by drugs, crime, and significantly lower rates of home ownership. Together with the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority we planted beautiful new trees in front yards, new single-family houses, and a tree-shaded park and playground where children and families could gather.
Starting in 2022 we increased our tree equity efforts with the hire of our first Community Outreach and Engagement Manager Evangeline Costa. Evangeline works with neighborhoods and residents to create smooth and seamless tree plantings in areas that need them most.