Caring for Street Trees with HII this Summer!

The Human Impacts Institute has started a new initiative to take care of street trees around NYC, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Brooklyn Day Habilitation Center of AHRC New York City: Tree Care Tuesdays.


AHRC New York City, a family governed organization, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
 AHRC currently serves over 15,000 individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities throughout the five boroughs.

“Tree Care Tuesdays” are taking place every Tuesday until mid-September. The goal of Tree Care Tuesdays is to beautify NYC neighborhoods, promote green space, mitigate air pollution, and prevent stormwater runoff. Tree care includes protecting and preventing trees from trash build-up, dogs excrements and parked bicycles. Tree care sessions involve community volunteers, alongside HII crew and volunteers from the Brooklyn Day Habilitation Center, cleaning-up, aerating and mulching tree beds and planting bulbs in the tree bed soil. The first session of Tree Care Tuesdays was a great success! Volunteers cared for a number of trees at the intersection of Rodney and South 3rd street, Brooklyn.


The Human Impacts Institute’s crew also collaborated with the Brooklyn Arbor School and their K-3 students in stewarding the local community, one tree at a time! This event was made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. The students learned planting techniques and tree care practices through taking care of the trees, hands-on, surrounding their school. HII Crew enjoyed the students’ (and teachers’) enthusiasm towards treating their neighborhood trees, and hope they will continue looking after the trees in the same amazing way as they did for years to come!

These initiatives are a continuation of HII’s work on street tree care, in collaboration with the Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Day Habilitation Center, and NYC Parks Department. In the past few years, HII has cared for over 150 trees throughout Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has hosted a number of community related workshops and events, and has formally adopted 28 trees through Million Trees NYC.

DoyYou want to take part in this exciting initiative? Join the Human Impacts Institute Crew (HII) and volunteers from Brooklyn Day Habilitation Center in caring for our local green gems–street trees!

Do you need help to caring for trees in your neighborhood, near your home, and in front of your business? Contact us at or 917.727.9761, and we will do our best to take care of it!

By Agathe Laure, Environmental Services Volunteer, Human Impacts Institute

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