Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful, Arbor Day Foundation and NuCO2/Linde host tree planting, cleanup event in Sandhill Crossing Neighborhood
Local event will result in 80 new trees planted
PORT SAINT LUCIE – On Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful will partner with NuCO2/Linde and the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 80 trees along Tiffany Avenue and conduct a cleanup in the Sandhill Crossing Neighborhood. Between 30-60 volunteers will plant 80 live oaks that will improve the livability, health and well-being of the community.
KPSLB has received a generous grant award of $15,000 from the Arbor Day Foundation to support the KPSLB Beautification and Cleanup event. KPSLB’s mission is to create a meaningful impact for improving communities in Port St. Lucie.
“This is a great opportunity for all of us to work together as community partners to improve our neighborhoods to further strengthen civic pride and enhance the overall quality of living in our city. We thank NuCO2 and the Arbor Day Foundation for the grant award,” said Georgette Beck, program supervisor, Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful.
Beck knows the significant role trees play in our environment and community.
“Besides improving the physical environment and character of our community, tree planting along streets can lower urban temperatures, filter airborne pollutants and help to reduce littering. Trees also help with safe road design and they’re proven to slow average driving speeds,” Beck said. “And for this specific project, the trees planted along newly installed sidewalks will create walk appeal and encourage healthy lifestyles. We as people are happier and less likely to depression when we have connection to nature.”
“At NuCO2, we are committed to improving the communities where we live and work. By collaborating with Arbor Day Foundation and the City of Port St. Lucie, we are helping to enhance the community and give back to the environment. Small acts like planting trees and community clean-up make a big difference, and NuCO2 wants to help,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “We are proud to encourage and support local efforts to plant trees. Cities and towns around the globe that line their streets and fill their parks with trees are building healthier, happier communities.”
Trees offer vast benefits for the community at large. Thriving urban forests bolster human health, from encouraging physical activity to reducing respiratory illnesses stemming from air pollution. In the United States, park trees alone remove about 75,000 tons ($500 million) of air pollution each year. Urban trees reduce runoff of sediment, pollutants and organic matter into streams, improving our water quality. Trees have also been shown to reduce crime, lower stress levels, and develop community pride.
To learn more about this event, visit www.CityofPSL.com/KPSLB.