At the 2012 NHL Draft in June, NHL Green announced the launch of the Legacy Tree Project, an initiative designed to help revitalize urban environments supporting premier NHL events. On Friday October 19, volunteers will gather to line the streets in Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood with 30 mature trees donated by the NHL Foundation.
In cooperation with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the city of Pittsburgh, Tree Pittsburgh and TreeVitalize Pittsburgh, the trees will be planted a few blocks from the Consol Energy Center, host facility for the 2012 NHL Draft and the first NHL venue to achieve LEED Gold certification.
"We believe these trees serve as a visible reminder of the NHL's commitment to our local environment," said Bernadette Mansur, Executive Director of the NHL Foundation. "The NHL Green Legacy Tree Project is an example of our efforts to enhance the health, livability, and long-term sustainability of NHL communities."
More than 40 volunteers from the community, including Penguins staff and employees at the University of Pittsburgh, plan to participate. A variety of species, including evergreens, elm, Japanese lilac and hornbeam, were chosen for the site by Tree Pittsburgh's staff arborist.
The tree-lined streets, parks and hillsides of Pittsburgh are not only a point of community pride, but they also offer benefits to residents -- helping to reduce local carbon dioxide levels, improve air quality, and mitigate storm water runoff. When fully mature, a single tree can absorb approximately 180 pounds of particulate pollution per year. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, a mature tree can store up to 100 gallons of rainwater during a large storm, preventing that water from overflowing city sewer systems.
The trees will be planted adjacent to the Hill House, a non-profit which combines health, education and human services agencies under one roof, serving as an effective advocate for more than 70,000 local residents annually who are seeking to improve their lives.
Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the City's vitality by restoring and protecting the urban forest through tree maintenance, planting, education and advocacy. TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is a campaign to plant 20,000 trees throughout the Pittsburgh region in order to improve quality of life and the environment. Together, these organizations will coordinate the planting, care and maintenance of the trees.
Fans who wish to participate or donate can contact Tree Pittsburgh (treepittsburgh.org) to volunteer. Tree planting will take place on Friday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.