Alicia Bemiss-Powell

Neighborhoods are ready to green up

Alicia Bemiss-Powell, Neighborhood Services and Code Enforcement, No Phone Number Available

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Noon

Neighborhoods are ready to green up

Ideas have been crafted, plans have been submitted, and now local neighborhoods are closer to making their Greening Neighborhoods projects a reality.

The submission period ended in August for Greening Neighborhoods Grants. Seven neighborhoods applied for 12 grants to plant trees, shrubs, grasses, and other native perennials in their areas.

Now, the neighborhoods that receive approval for the grants will be asked to finalize their plans for volunteer events to get the greenery planted.

From mid-September to May of next year, neighborhoods can start getting their projects in the ground.

All approved greening projects will also be entered into the Greening Neighborhoods Contest and Award for up to an additional $5,000 for a second project.

Each project will be evaluated under three criteria:

  • Volunteerism: Creating a unique volunteering event that highlights neighborhood participation and project completion.
  • Impact: Projects with the greatest impact to the neighborhood community.
  • Green Infrastructure: The project that implements the most sustainable project design that includes a robust variety of trees and other native vegetation. Sustainable designs include a functional maintenance plan.

Greening Neighborhoods Grants are part of the Forest Spokane Initiative, an effort to plant 10,000 new trees over the next two years.

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