Greg Meyer, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships
On September 28, some colleagues and I were joined by partners Bank of America, IKEA, New Jersey Trees and the Asbury Park Shade Tree Commission to get our hands dirty planting trees at the West Side Community Center in Asbury Park, N.J. This was the first tree planting event of our newly launched Community ReLeaf program and it was a great success. More than 40 volunteers from Bank of America, IKEA and the local community came out to dig and plant.
After an introduction to the program and the day by American Forests President & CEO Scott Steen, Bank of America Consumer Market manager, Ann Marie Carollo, and IKEA’s Evamay Lawson, it was time to plant. It was satisfying to step back and take a look at the trees I had planted with Lisa Davis, IKEA’s Social and Environmental Affairs manager. Just next to our trees, we saw that some volunteers from Bank of America had teamed up with Lisa’s colleague, Evamay Lawson, to plant the trees right in front of the community center. This part of the neighborhood had truly been transformed.
As a member of the American Forests team, I’m keenly aware of all the benefits that the trees in our urban forests provide, from cleaning the air to cooling our neighborhoods. It’s good to know that the trees we plant will make a real difference for the community of Asbury Park. And that Bank of America joined us in four more communities in 2013 to continue making a difference.
Learn more about Community ReLeaf at www.americanforests.org/CommunityReLeaf.