Get your hands dirty with JetBlue Airlines and the New York Restoration Project as they host the sixth annual One Thing That’s Green day on Saturday, April 20th in Highland Park on the border of Queens and Brooklyn. The weekend tree-planting project will bring together 500 community volunteers to plant over 2,400 trees and will be the first major event to help restore some of the 30,000 trees the city lost during Hurricane Sandy.
JetBlue originally created its annual volunteer program to promote environmental awareness and volunteerism. The event is open to the public but remember to register in advance online to participate. The day of service will also include breakfast and lunch for volunteers, tree planting training, and family-friendly activities and entertainment.
Last year the airline company planted over 100 trees near its offices in Long Island City and collectively, One Thing That’s Green events have planted 1,333 trees throughout the city so far. As a result, these trees have filtered 2.2 million gallons of rainwater, removed 34,658 pounds of carbon dioxide, provided habitat for wildlife, cooled temperatures, and provided other quality-of-life benefits. According to JetBlue, the 2,400 trees to be planted on this year’s Earth Day weekend will nearly triple the program’s environmental contribution.
“New York Restoration Project is proud to partner with JetBlue for the sixth year in hosting One Thing That’s Green. This ambitious, large-scale effort to put thousands of trees in the ground will make a huge impact, especially in the wake of Hurricane Sandy,” says Amy Freitag, Executive Director of NYRP. “With the city having lost over 30,000 trees, hundreds of volunteers coming together to clean and green NYC, will be an important stepping stone for increasing our urban canopy.”