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Houston plants 1,000 trees to celebrate Texas Arbor Day, unveil new weblink

Houston residents celebrated Texas Arbor Day by helping plant 1,000 native trees as part of its efforts to address climate change.

Representatives from the City of Houston, Harris County Precinct Two, Harris County Flood Control District, Houston Wilderness, other TSIG members and approximately 100 volunteer tree-planters from Shell Oil, SBM Offshore, Bank of Texas, Lionstone Investments, University of Houston’s Hispanic Business Association, University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Environmental Justice Association and other interested Houstonians participated in the Nov. 5 event commemorating Texas Arbor Day along Greens Bayou near Crooker/Moody Park. 

The weblink, 4.6 M Trees Scoreboard, is the result of the work completed by the City of Houston and the Tree Strategy Implementation Group members to help reach the Resilient Houston and Houston Climate Action Plan target of planting 4.6 million native trees by 2030.

“We all know the difference one tree can make on a hot day in Houston, and if the challenges faced by climate change are left unaddressed, we can certainly expect more days over 100° in this city, “Mayor Sylvester Turner said. 

“With a target of planting 4.6 million trees by 2030, I am thankful to our partners for their commitment to this initiative. Together we are making a significant step towards prioritizing meaningful climate action for Houston’s resilient future.”

Priya Zachariah, Chief Resilience and Sustainability Officer for the City of Houston, said planting new native trees is one of the major targets of the Resilient Houston city-wide strategy to make the city more resilient. Not only are trees a natural carbon sink helping to reduce greenhouse gas emission and improve air quality, but also they help mitigate the urban heat island effect, and are an integral part of making our neighborhoods and communities healthier, she explained.

Councilmember David Robinson said the goal was to plant 4.6 million new native trees, which is equivalent to two new trees for every Houstonian. "As a resilient and sustainable city, we need to plant the seeds today for future generations to fully reap the benefits," Robinson said.

The day also saw the unveiling of a new weblink, 4.6 M Trees Scoreboard. This scoreboard is the result of the work completed by the City of Houston and the TSIG members to help reach the Resilient Houston and Houston Climate Action Plan target of planting 4.6 million native trees by 2030.

The Arbor Day tree planting was coordinated under the multi-partner Port of Houston TREES Program, and the Regional River & Waterways Targeted Use of Buyouts (TUBS) Program facilitated by Houston Wilderness and the Institute for a Disaster Resilient Texas.

 

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