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Miami Dade receives $20,000 grant from TD Green Streets to support local urban forestry

MIAMI (March 10, 2016)

Miami-Dade County has been announced a winner of TD Green Streets, a grant program from TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank ®, and the Arbor Day Foundation supporting innovation in urban forestry. The $20,000 grant will fund Million Trees Miami projects in South Miami-Dade including tree planting and maintenance along SW 168th Street, community outreach and “Right Tree Right Place” education. 

TD Green Streets is a component of TD Forests, a North American initiative that helps protect critical forest habitats equal to the amount of paper the bank uses each year. Together, these programs underscore the bank’s commitment to forest protection and stewardship, and are a direct investment in the health of our urban tree canopy.

“TD Bank is proud to award TD Green Streets grants to these municipalities for enhancing their green spaces through urban forestry projects,” said Joe Doolan, Head of Environmental Affairs for TD Bank. “We're committed to being an environmental leader, and our work with the Arbor Day Foundation helps us do that in communities across our footprint.”

“We are thrilled with TD Bank’s support of greening our streets,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.  “This grant will enable us to provide some much needed shade on a busy street.”

“The TD Green Streets grant means the residents of District 9 will enjoy more street trees and beauty along SW 168th Street and that we are one step closer to our goal of 1 Million Trees planted by 2020,” Neat Streets Miami Chairman and Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9 said. “We will use this opportunity to educate people about Right Tree Right Place to ensure the long life of our community’s trees.”

“We are excited to partner with Miami-Dade and TD Green Streets on this initiative to help educate our customers about the importance of planting the right tree in the right place,” said FPL Senior Director of External Affairs Irene White. “While trees and vegetation make our communities beautiful, tree limbs and branches are among the most common causes of power outages and flickers. By working together to ensure sustainable planting in our community, FPL can continue to deliver affordable, reliable electric service year-round.”

Along with Miami-Dade County, the following municipalities were awarded TD Green Streets grants in 2016:

Bethlehem, PA

Bloomfield, NJ

Camden, NJ

Hollywood, FL

New Haven, CT

Newburgh, NY

Providence, RI

Rock Hill, SC

Worcester, MA

To be eligible for a TD Green Streets grant, qualified municipalities were required to be current Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA®-designated communities within TD Bank’s United States footprint. Tree City USA® is the nation’s premier urban and community forestry program, providing a foundation for effective, well-organized community tree care.

About TD Green Streets

Launched in 2013 by TD and the Arbor Day Foundation, TD Green Streets supports innovation in urban forestry. To be eligible for a TD Green Streets grant, qualified municipalities must be a current Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA-designated community within TD Bank's U.S. footprint, and the proposed project must take place in a low- to moderate-income neighborhood. More information is available at tdgreenstreets.com

About the Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org, or by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter or our blog

About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at approximately 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com and www.td.com. Visit TD Bank on Facebook  and and on Twitter

About Million Trees Miami and Neat Streets Miami 

Launched by Neat Streets Miami, the Million Trees Miami Campaign is a community-wide effort to plant one million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. Neat Streets Miami is a multi-jurisdictional county board dedicated to the maintenance and beautification of transportation corridors, gateways and connections. 

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.