Morristown gets $20K grant for new trees at high school

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Morristown High School gets good SAT grades on the New Jersey School Report Card, compiled by NJ Spotlight. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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The Morristown Shade Tree Commission has won a $20,000 grant from TD Bank to plant new trees and shrubs at Morristown High School and the Lafayette Learning Center. MHS students also will participate in Arbor Day events on April 22, 2017.

Here are more details.

From the town of Morristown:

Today, the Town of Morristown and the Morristown Shade Tree Commission, was announced as 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.

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Morristown High School will be getting some new greenery, thanks to a $20K grant from TD Bank. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The $20,000 grant will fund projects throughout Morristown, including planting new trees and shrubs in front of the new Morristown High School building this Arbor Day with assistance from a local landscape artist.

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, a fun filled event open to the public will be facilitated by the high school’s STEM academy students in collaboration with the Morristown Shade Tree Commission and town arborist Richard Wolowicz.

In celebration of Arbor Day, the event will include educational tables run by some of the students and the unveiling of the tree garden planted in front of the new STEM building.  

“Urban trees are an integral part of making our community beautiful and this grant will help make Morristown a more sustainable urban environment,” said Mayor Tim Dougherty.

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 in support of projects that promote innovation in urban forestry in economically disadvantaged areas,” said Joe Doolan, Head of Environmental Affairs for TD Bank.

“As the Human bank, TD believes in giving back to the communities we serve, and our work with the Arbor Day Foundation helps us do that across our footprint.”

“It is a great honor to receive this grant to further our resident’s education and awareness of the importance of trees in our environment.” stated STC Chair Commissioner Kristin Ace.

In 2014, Morristown received designation as a “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation and has kept that designation for three years running.

“We are grateful to TD Bank for its commitment to sustainability and support for urban forestry,” said Morris School District Superintendent Mackey Pendergrast.

“Together with the Morristown Shade Tree Commission Morris School District will use this generous grant to plant trees and shrubs at Morristown High School and Lafayette Learning Center Preschool and provide important, hands-on lessons in environmental conservation for our students.”

Along with the Town of Morristown and the Shade Tree Commission, the following municipalities were awarded TD Green Streets grants in 2017:
Brooklyn, NY

  • Delray Beach, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Rock Hill, SC
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Bristol, RI

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 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD”. To learn more, visit www.td.com

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2 COMMENTS

  1. A great project that brings in the whole town! The landscape design is by our local (talented) Carolle Huber, the MHS teachers and students are hard at work with public awareness brochure designs, the MHS teachers are furthering the teachings of our town Arborist, Rich Wolowicz, the MHS students will share their new knowledge with the children at the Lafayette School AND we get a lots of new trees and a more “college” type environment for our high school students.
    Hooray for Morristown and the TD Green Streets Grant!!

  2. Wonderful news!! Thank you to everyone on the Shade Tree Commission for all your hard work!

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