Greening Our Community
February 23, 2016
On February 18, we held a luncheon dedicated to trees, canopy cover benefits and elected officials. In a restaurant across from Capitol Park with its legacy trees and massive canopy cover, council members and supervisors from
throughout the greater Sacramento region celebrated the tenth year of the
nation’s most successful regional tree initiative called Greenprint.
Home grown success stories were shared and
new endeavors to increase tree canopy in under-resourced neighborhoods were
presented. They talked about the bright
future for trees. The leaders valued
trees for health; trees for air quality; trees for summer energy savings; trees
for shade; trees for economic prosperity; and trees for habitat. They shared a willingness to increase tree
canopy. They shared a common desire for
all neighborhoods to be beautiful, safe and comfortable.
After the luncheon, I began to think
of the many ways these leaders and the Tree Foundation could team up. I could easily imagine how Greenprint could
swiftly transfer ideas into actions by empowering volunteers, neighborhoods,
civic and business leaders in seeing the value of tree canopy in building a
greener and healthier region.
Something happens when a group of
people plant trees. And something else
happens when groups of people start feeding, watering and caring for
trees. Community interest grows. Loyalty and concern are kindled. People start to care, once again, about their
neighborhood and community. And renewed
commitments are made.
That’s the promise for the next
ten years of Greenprint. - Ray