In honor of Earth Day, New York Restoration Project teamed up with JetBlue airlines to host the seventh annual “One Thing That’s Green,” a tree-planting event that’s moved New York City another step closer to its MillionTreesNYC goal. The event, held last Saturday, gathered over 250 volunteers to Woodside in Queens to plant over 100 trees. Since 2008, the airline’s “One Thing That’s Green” annual event has brought 3,000 volunteers together to plant over 3,500 trees and clean up nearly 3 tons of trash.

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As New York’s Hometown Airline™, JetBlue started its One Thing That’s Green campaign to invest in the city’s local communities and environment. To celebrate Earth Day this year, the airline hosted tree-plantings and community cleanups in both Boston, MA and the Woodside community in Queens, NY to improve air quality and enhance communal green space. In addition to planting over 100 trees that include varieties of dogwood and apple trees, volunteers at Woodside also helped beautify a garden in New York City Housing Authority’s Woodside housing.

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“Our annual One Thing That’s Green campaign literally breathes new life into local communities,” said Icema Gibbs, JetBlue’s director of corporate social responsibility. In addition to the Earth Day-inspired tree planting events, JetBlue is also asking customers and community members to vote on JetBlue’s Facebook page for which BlueCity they would like JetBlue to invest in a new green space. The winning city for the JetBlue green space build project will be announced on May 1 and construction will commence in the fall.

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