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Jerome Legions Jr., president of the Carver Area Civic Improvement League, (speaking) is joined by other members of the Carver Tree Project. (Adam Caldwell/Division of Community Engagement)

Urban tree-planting project headlines annual community partnership awards

May 6, 2019

By Tom Gresham, University Public Affairs

The Carver Tree Project, the pilot project of a collection of organizations working to make Richmond a healthier and more sustainable community, was honored with the Currents of Change Award on Wednesday at the Virginia Commonwealth University Council for Community Engagement’s annual ceremony recognizing outstanding community-university partnerships.

The tree-planting project was conceived after the Carver Area Civic Improvement League identified the need for more trees in the Carver neighborhood near VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. A group of community and VCU partners subsequently collaborated to assist the Carver neighborhood with achieving its goal and create a framework for neighborhood tree programs in Richmond, forming the Richmond Urban Forestry Collaborative. Urban tree cover provides a range of environmental, economic and health benefits, such as reducing urban heat effects, improving air and water quality, reducing noise pollution, increasing foot traffic to local businesses, and strengthening community cohesiveness, according to project organizers.

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