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Grants Awarded for Innovative Urban Forestry Initiatives
Nebraska Ag Connection - 04/18/2018

TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation announced the 10 cities that will each receive grants of up to $20,000 from TD Green Streets for innovative urban greening and tree-planting projects in low- to moderate-income areas.

"TD Bank is committed to enhancing urban tree canopies and green space as part of our vision to support the transition to a low-carbon economy and nurture sustainability in the communities we serve," said Joseph Doolan, TD Bank's Head of Environmental Affairs. "Through our longstanding partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, we are supporting innovative community programs that do more than beautify underserved urban neighborhoods -- trees improve air quality, capture carbon emissions, and enhance the quality of life."

"We're excited to partner with TD Bank to support 10 cities that are deeply committed to urban forestry, which produces clear benefits for our communities and the environment," said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

The following cities will receive 2018 TD Green Streets grants:

- Myrtle Beach, SC

- Clinton, SC

- Providence, RI

- Philadelphia, PA

- New York, NY

- Plainfield, NJ

- Clifton, NJ

- Boston, MA

- Oakland Park, FL

- Delray Beach, FL

TD Bank provides the funding for the grants, which are awarded annually for tree planting, maintenance costs and educational activities, and the Arbor Day Foundation administers the program. TD Green Streets is a component of TD Forests, a North American initiative aimed at growing urban forests, protecting critical forest habitats and encouraging responsible use of forest products.

To be eligible for a grant, qualified municipalities must be current Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA-designated communities within TD Bank's U.S. footprint, with the submitted project occurring in a low- to-moderate income area of the local community. Tree City USA is the nation's premier urban and community forestry program, providing a foundation for effective, well-organized community tree care.

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