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    MAYOR DESTEFANO TO LEAD ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING CEREMONY ALONGSIDE PSEG AND URI - Event Promotes New Haven Tree Haven 10K campaign, An effort to Plant 10,000 throughout the City

    (4/30/2010) NEW HAVEN- Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. will participate in an Arbor Day tree planting at 2:00 p.m. on April 30 at 795 Townsend Avenue as part of the city’s effort to plant 10,000 trees over the next five years.

    The Tree Haven 10K campaign aims to restore the city’s tree canopy through the Urban Resources Initiative’s GreenSkills internship program, which hires and trains teenagers to plant trees as an early step into the job market.

    “This is an important step forward in our efforts to make New Haven a greener and cleaner City,” said DeStefano. “In partnership with PSEG Power Connecticut and URI, we are pleased to be working throughout the City to plant 10,000 new trees making New Haven a better City in terms of health, air quality and aesthetics for all of our families to enjoy.”

    Last October DeStefano announced the Tree Haven 10K campaign that will use the trees to improve New Haven’s quality of life by reducing storm water runoff and the city’s carbon footprint, improving air quality and public health, lowering energy bills, and providing habitat for wildlife.

    The GreenSkills program is training 45 teenagers this year. URI’s GreenSkills program will also employ people re-entering the community after being released from prison. “Our work is about involving people in a manner that makes their environment personally and directly meaningful,” said URI Director Colleen Murphy-Dunning. “We are committed to that thread binding an improved environment with improved livelihoods.”

    URI is already passed the ˝ mark to their goal of planting 275 trees in the spring season. The goal is for GreenSkills interns to plant 1,000 trees on public land annually over five years, with the other 5,000 to be planted on private property by companies, universities and other organizations.

    The Tree Haven 10K campaign is sponsored by PSEG Power Connecticut, the City of New Haven and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The Urban Resources Initiative is a nonprofit university partnership whose mission is to foster community-based land stewardship, environmental education and the practice of urban forestry.

    "PSEG prides itself on being a good neighbor in the communities in which we do business and being a leader in providing environmentally responsible energy," said Richard Lopriore, president of PSEG Power CT. "We are happy to see that our support of this program is benefiting the East Shore Neighborhood."

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    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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