Tucson Clean & Beautiful, in cooperation with the Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society and the Arizona Native Plant Society-Tucson Chapter, recently awarded $4,000 in minigrants, in addition to more than 130 trees, tools, and additional technical assistance to 11 Tucson area schools. Applicants were able to apply for a cash grant of up to $500 for environmental improvements, plus assistance with tools ,and up to 30 trees and related technical assistance for a school site planting project from Trees for Tucson, a program of Tucson Clean & Beautiful.
2015 grant winners included:
- Tucson Unified School District: Borton Magnet School; Davis Bilingual Elementary; Mary Belle McCorkle K-8 (tools only); and Henry Elementary (trees only)
- Sunnyside Unified School District: STAR Academic Center
- Vail Unified School District: Cienega High School
- Marana School District: Tortolita Middle School
- Sahuarita Unified School District: Sahuarita Middle School (trees only)
- Private/charter schools: International School of Tucson; Western Institute for Leadership Development; and St. John the Evangelist School.
Trees planted through this grant program this spring and fall will also count toward the second year of the Tucson Mayor's 10,000 Tree Challenge, and efforts by many community groups to improve their local school campuses, helping to expand our community's urban tree canopy over time. Area residents may visit https://www.mayorrothschild.com/initiatives/10000-trees/ for more information and to register trees that are planted to help to fulfill this communitywide goal.
Trees for Tucson was established in 1989 as a program of Tucson Clean & Beautiful, to educate community members about the benefits of planting and properly maintaining trees to increase energy efficiency. Tucson Electric Power sponsored the program beginning in 1993 to encourage energy efficiency for homes, and Trico Electric Cooperative has also partnered with Trees for Tucson to provide home shade trees for its members. Several corporate donors have also funded trees for additional school and community tree planting projects, including Sierrita Gas Pipeline LLC, Hamstra Heating & Cooling, and Chapman Honda. Visit https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/trees-for-tucson/ for more information on obtaining energy efficiency trees for homes, and supporting trees for community volunteer planting projects.
Tucson Clean & Beautiful is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1985 as the flagship for community-based environmental volunteer efforts in the Tucson metro area. Programs include recycling and waste reduction, urban forestry, land stewardship, at-risk youth landscape training, and beautification. Visit https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/ or call (520) 837-6832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to to receive future grant round announcements.