29 Oct Dynegy and Parks Foundation Donate Trees to Reforest Mt. Airy Arboretum
On Thursday, October 29, 2020, volunteers from Dynegy were on hand to recognize the planting of the last of the 50 trees the company donated to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, the official philanthropic partner of Cincinnati Parks. The trees were planted as part of ongoing reforestation efforts at Mt. Airy’s historic Arboretum. This latest gift from Dynegy comes on the heels of the 60 trees the company donated last year in Mt. Storm Park.
“When it comes to creating a greener, more sustainable Cincinnati, Dynegy is proud to be part of the solution,” said Brad Watson, Dynegy Senior Director of Community Affairs. “Each one of these trees will strengthen our community, giving the next generation the opportunity to enjoy our parks, and the immense benefits that come from a healthy urban tree canopy.”
The Director of Cincinnati Parks Kara Kish said, “We are immensely grateful for the continued generosity of Dynegy and our friends at the Cincinnati Parks Foundation. Donations like this enable us to really move the needle in improving and sustaining natural resources in our parks. We look forward to maintaining these efforts well into the future for the benefit of our parks, residents, and guests.”
The Cincinnati Parks Foundation added, “On behalf of Cincinnati Parks Foundation, we are grateful to partner with Dynegy again for new trees within Mt. Airy Forest. Partnerships like these are crucial in expanding the urban canopy in our neighborhood Parks.”
This donation helps further Cincinnati Parks’ goal of achieving a 40% tree canopy coverage which is part of the Cincinnati’s Green Cincinnati Plan. This is important because a clean, healthy and sustainable environment benefits every person in Cincinnati. The benefits of an improved tree canopy, particularly in urban environments include:
- Removing pollution from the atmosphere, which improves air quality and health.
- Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, reducing the effects of climate change.
- Saving energy. According to the Arbor Day Foundation: “A tree in the Cincinnati community saves the average household $56 annually in cooling costs by reducing electricity use.”
- Trees reduce the urban heat island effect by shading buildings and streets and releasing water vapor into the air. Urban trees can cool a city by up to 10°F.
- Making us feel happier. Living and working in areas with trees can improve mental health, mood and social connections.
- Providing natural storm water management. A single large canopy deciduous tree can control 400 to 1,000 gallon of stormwater, reducing soil erosion and managing flooding from rainfall.
Since 2002, Dynegy, and its sister companies, have provided nearly 300,000 trees to various partner communities. The donated trees have helped generate millions of dollars in environmental savings and health benefits for residents and municipalities.