Green City Days Expand in 2019

SeaTac, Burien, Des Moines, Shoreline join ranks of cities celebrating Green City Days

October 17, 2019

WASHINGTON – Forterra is proud to announce the expansion in 2019 of Green City Partnerships, highlighting the inclusion of SeaTac, Burien, Des Moines and Shoreline as new participating cities in the annual Green City Days. Green City Partnerships is an effort to coordinate volunteer engagement to protect healthy forested parks and natural areas in our region. There are now 14 cities partnering with Forterra to celebrate Green City Days, as Everett, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Puyallup, Redmond, Seattle, Snoqualmie, Tacoma and Tukwila continue with their partnership this year in the effort.

Residents who would like to volunteer for their local Green City projects should visit the Green City Partnerships website to learn more.

“We are proud of our region’s residents as they volunteer their time and effort to help keep our cities green and thriving,” said Michelle Connor Forterra President & CEO. “I look forward to meeting new volunteers this year working on projects of all types and applaud the leadership of our partner cities for leveraging volunteer engagement to help expand this innovative program to keep our cities green.”

“The Green Redmond Partnership, through dedicated volunteers, is making a difference in the restoration efforts of forested parkland. Its tree planting programs create a positive impact on our current community and will continue providing benefits for future generations,” said Redmond Mayor John Marchionne.

Green City Partnerships work year round to help establish a community-based restoration program in each partner city that brings together local non-profits, community groups, city agencies, neighborhood leaders, and local businesses to support healthy forested parks and natural areas for the future of our region. Green City Days celebrate this work and kick off planting season, helping connect community members across all ages and backgrounds for a common goal: working to keep our forested parks and green spaces environmentally healthy. Local restoration efforts give residents the opportunity to volunteer in their own neighborhood and build valuable connections between people and place.

In 2018, 1,900 volunteers participated in Green City Days – more than 1,000 volunteers engaged in Seattle alone to plant nearly 12,000 native forest trees and shrubs, mulch and weed invasive species in urban green areas.

This year, Green City days kicked off with the first Green SeaTac Day, and is hosting events happening every weekend through November.  It is not too late – you can still join the fun. Remaining events are currently scheduled for:

  • October 19 – Green Des Moines Day, Green Kirkland Day
  • October 26 – Green Everett Day, Green Redmond Day
  • November 2 – Green Puyallup Day, Green Seattle Day
  • November 16 – Green Shoreline Day

The Green Cities Program began in 2004 to partner with Seattle in a commitment to restore and maintain the city’s 2,500 acres of forested parkland over the next 20 years. The program has garnered a cumulative total of 1.3 million volunteers that have planted 1.2 million trees and shrubs. The Green Seattle Partnership has been so successful that Forterra now partners with 14 cities in the Puget Sound region, and Snohomish County Parks is also now working to expand the Green Cities Network to include new communities every year.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Susan Grelock Yusem, VP Communications Forterra
sgrelock@forterra.org
206-516-9782

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