City of Niagara Falls Awarded $25,000 TD Green Space Grant for Innovative Urban Forestry Initiatives

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This news item was posted on 4/18/2019 12:24:00 PM and is an archived post

Today, the City of Niagara Falls announced that it received a $25,000 TD Green Space Grant from TD Bank Group (TD) and the Arbour Day Foundation to support innovative urban greening and tree planting projects.  The grant was the result of a successful application put forward by the Park in the City Committee, a volunteer committee of City Council.


The Committee plans to use the grant to stock existing open space at various parks with native trees to create shade areas.  The City of Niagara Falls was one of 20 U.S. and Canadian cities selected to receive a grant.

“Green spaces play a critical role in creating more livable cities. Not only do they provide environmental bene?ts, but they also provide social services and economic bene?ts to cities and the people within them,” said Andrea Barrack, Global Head of Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, TD. “That’s why we are working with the Arbour Day Foundation to support innovative community programs in cities including Niagara Falls that are striving to create a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.”

“Our goal with this grant program is to help communities not only enrich their green spaces but also enrich lives,” said Dan Lambe, President, Arbor Day Foundation. “We’re supporting Niagara Falls in its e?ort to build awareness about the bene?ts of trees, educate residents on proper tree care, and lay the groundwork for a greener future.”

“Thank you to TD who in partnership with the committed volunteers on our Park In The City Committee continue to add to our city-wide tree canopy and are relentless in their pursuit of greener living!  In Niagara Falls if we remove a tree we always aim to replace it with 2 or 3!”
 — Jim Diodati, Mayor

TD Bank Group (TD)
TD provides funding for the grants, which are awarded annually for tree planting, maintenance costs and educational activities, and the Arbor Day Foundation administers the program. The TD Green Space Grant program is a component of The Ready Commitment, TD’s corporate citizenship platform designed to help create a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.

Park in the City Committee
The Park in the City Committee are volunteers residents of Niagara Falls that are appointed by City Council.  The Committee’s mandate is to encourage environmental responsibility, city wide beautification, promote recreation and active transportation usage and civic pride through community action.  The Committee advises City Council on issues regarding its mandate.  Annually, the Committee applies for grant opportunities to help enhance the urban forest canopy.
 

For more information, contact:

Jeff Guarasci
City of Niagara Falls, Recreation & Culture
905-356-7521 x 3341
[email protected]

Posted on: 4/18/2019 12:24 PM - Category: Media Releases