New Haven Independent Mayor Vows To Plant 10,000 Trees
Neighborhoods that plant together, stay together, Kris Sainsbury observed. It happened in City Point — and it will now happen citywide.
As the mayor set an ambitious new tree-planting goal for New Haven, City Point activist Sainsbury (pictured in plaid shirt at a tree planting last year) offered reasons for neighborhoods to support it.
Mayor John Destefano’s announcement came at a Monday night City Point fundraiser for the Urban Resources Initiative (URI), the local non-profit responsible for much of the tree planting that takes place in New Haven. Under the advisement of URI Director Colleen Murphy-Dunning, Destefano announced a five-year commitment to planting 2,000 trees per year.
The initiative will have a “double bottom line,” he said: It will not only make the city greener and more beautiful, but it will bring neighborhoods together around the common goals of planting and maintaining new trees.