Have you ever noticed the difference in tree distribution in so-called ‘good neighborhoods’ versus so-called ‘bad neighborhoods’?
Wealthier city neighborhoods or districts tend to have more trees, but that may not always be the case in the future, as corporate and non-profit partners are creating something of a Civil Conservation Corps for urban tree planting.
American Forests, the nonprofit organization, and TAZO Tea, the corporation, have teamed up to create TAZO tree body—A locally hired and paid workforce that will grow and maintain tree canopies in low-income urban areas – beginning in parts of Minneapolis, Detroit, Richmond, the Bronx and San Francisco in the spring of 2021.
Trees play all kinds of roles in cities. In addition to helping to filter the air and prevent flooding, some trees together on and around a street can cool asphalt and air, making it 9 ° F less in the summer than streets exposed to the sun. This also helps reduce energy demand for air conditioning and heating, saving people. $ 7.8 billion nationwide annually to be exact, thus saving energy and also reducing emissions.
Then there are all the health benefits of mind and spirit that can be gained from listening to the breeze blowing through the leaves, the chirping of birds in the morning and at night, or just looking at the color green.
Lastly, tree surgeons make a lot of money, and part of the TAZO Tree Corps mission is to train people in need of work with the skills that can help them join or start their own landscaping business.
“We are building a national movement to ensure that all neighborhoods can experience the healing power of trees while helping create green jobs that benefit people in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities,” said Jad Daley, CEO and President by American Forests in a sentence.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, not only is there a lack of tree surgeons today, but job openings will increase to about 10% by 2028.
“TAZO Tree Corps will help us turn this job into a new economic opportunity for people in disproportionately affected communities,” said Sarah Anderson, American Forests Director of Careers.
If you are interested in joining the TAZO Tea Corps, which is a paid position, apply here.
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