On October 20th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm the Human Impacts Institute crew, along with some wonderful community volunteers, spent their day planting native species in tree beds around Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This fun, outdoor, stewardship event was made possible by our Southside Coalition partners as well as funds awarded to HII from MillionTreesNYC, Groupon Grassroots, and theCitizens Committee for New York City. Street tree stewardship is one of HII’s top programs. In 2011 alone, HII cared for over 150 trees in just Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn. On Saturday, HII planted 250 plants in 24 tree beds. Taking care of tree beds and trees in general mitigates air pollution and storm water runoff, an issue that is certainly important to the North Brooklyn area.
With these funds, HII was able to purchase over 250 native species perennial plants and flower bulbs fromCrest Hardware in South Williamsburg. Plants included native species such as licorice, black eyed susans, cranberry, thyme, and many other plants and bulbs to bloom next spring. HII and community members then planted all of the plants into tree beds in front of participating EcoPreneur business storefronts. HII also had the opportunity to plant in front of HII’s office and all along S 3rd St in front of the new Arbor School. HII’s EcoPreneur program piloted earlier this year and has grown tremendously since. The EcoPreneurs program is focused on introducing greening techniques to small businesses in the North Brooklyn. Active businesses have signed up with HII and agree to take part in a 12-step program that HII has constructed to become more sustainable. In the future, HII hopes to expand the program! Current local businesses include Skinny Skinny, Affinity Bike Shop, LightHouse, and many, many more! The beautification of their tree beds is HII’s way of saying “thank you”
Melanie Griffin, Outreach Coordinator