Trees 4 Us - A Pawtucket Central Falls Green Equity Initiative

Project Profile

Project Location

Pawtucket and Central Falls, RI

Project Lead

Groundwork Rhode Island

Funder

Doris Duke Foundation, Rhode Island Foundation, Bank of America, Amica Mutual Insurance, Rhode Island Department of Health

Budget

$143,000

Groundwork Rhode Island coordinated planting 190 trees in the Trees 4 Us Project between May 2021 and November 2022 throughout Pawtucket and Central Falls, Rhode Island. Trees were planted on private property owned by residents and businesses and on public rights-of-way near schools. Trees 4 Us was funded in partnership by American Forests, the Doris Duke Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, Bank of America, Amica Mutual Insurance, and the Rhode Island Department of Health.

The goal of this project was to increase tree equity and climate resilience and to promote public health. In Rhode Island, historically redlined neighborhoods have just 12.25% tree canopy cover, compared to 35% in neighboring communities. Inadequate tree cover and disproportionately high rates of pavement exacerbate extreme heat in neighborhoods with fewer resources to combat it. Groundwork RI used American Forests’ Tree Equity Score Analyzer to determine eligibility for planting, prioritizing sites adjacent to or at schools, and at public housing developments.

Groundwork RI engaged residents, community organizers, and local businesses in English, Spanish and Portuguese to raise awareness of the project and rally neighbors to plan trees on their properties. Trees were planted by GroundCorp, a social venture employment program for graduates of Groundwork RI’s adult job training program, volunteers from Amica Mutual Insurance, and participants of Building Futures, a youth job training program.

Every tree planting project demonstrates impacts that create a more just and sustainable future.

 

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The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs are a global call for action. These goals have the power to build a better future for everyone. Investment in this impact project drives action towards the following goals.

 

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