Building Canopy and Community in South Providence

Project Profile

Project Location

Providence, RI

Project Lead

Providence Neighborhood Planting Program


State of Rhode Island



The  Providence Neighborhood Planting Program (PNPP) will work in close partnership with the Providence Forestry Division and neighborhood stakeholders to plant 120 trees in Upper and Lower South Providence, a community which is 94% people of color, and which has suffered from decades of disinvestment, toxic polluting, low-tree canopy and other harms of systemic racism and environmental injustice.

The Upper/Lower South Providence neighborhoods where this project will take place have some of the lowest income levels and highest childhood asthma rates in Rhode Island–a state that ranks ninth overall in the nation for child asthma rates. Through this project, 120 trees will be planted in the area around Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex (JSEC)–the campus which houses two Providence Public High Schools. The tree sites will be located on the JSEC campus itself, on nearby K-12 school properties, as street trees in front of homes and businesses, and on several public housing properties owned by the Providence Housing Authority (PHA).

The planning and implementation for this project is being executed collaboratively by PNPP, the Providence Forestry Division, Groundwork RI, and students and staff at the JSEC high schools. Students and community members will be empowered to plug in, develop social capital and take ownership of the tree planting projects that will lead to increased health and resiliency.

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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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