In its second year, the nonprofit hopes to help cities improve and enhance green spaces.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Project EverGreen is now in its second year in North Carolina and the Mayors of Durham, Raleigh, Greensboro and Winston-Salem have all officially declared June 2011 as ‘Project EverGreen Month’ in their respective cities. This marks the official 2011 start of the nonprofit’s efforts in North Carolina to donate its GreenCare for Communities initiatives at no charge to recipients to help improve and enhance urban landscape renovations in cities within the NC I-40 corridor. The mission of Project EverGreen is to raise consumer awareness of the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of professionally managed healthy lawns, landscapes, parks and athletic fields.
In 2010, pro bono landscaping restorations were completed at Greensboro’s Green Hill Cemetery, a 120 year-old historic and environmental landmark, by Syngenta Lawn & Garden employee volunteers teaming with Nature’s Select landscape contractors in Winston-Salem, City of Greensboro Parks & Rec Department and Friends of Green Hill association.
Arysta LifeScience North America in Cary employees also joined last summer with United Way of the Greater Triangle and City Parks & Rec to help renovate the outdoor landscape at Haven House Youth Services in Raleigh, a United Way partner agency. These projects helped build North Carolina awareness of Project EverGreen’s volunteer landscape donations to needy facilities, via corresponding local newspaper, TV news, Project EverGreen newsletters and North Carolina trade association articles.
In 2011, Project EverGreen in North Carolina again will collaborate with Triangle and Triad cities’ parks and recreation departments, local green industry company employees and professional contractor volunteers to identify local North Carolina community needs and donate a number of blighted area renovations for pro bono “green-up” projects. To sign up as a professional landscaper homeowner or student volunteer, just visit www.projectevergreen.com/nc.
Project EverGreen also coordinates GreenCare for Troops in North Carolina, as part of its nationwide outreach program connecting nearly 3,500 professional landscaper volunteers donating free landscape services to as many as 11,000 military families with spouses serving overseas. This year, GreenCare for Troops In North Carolina has already teamed with Turftenders Landscape Services in the Raleigh and Ft. Bragg areas, AA-Tex Lawn Co. in Charlotte and Southern Lawn Care in Shelby to provide lawn care at no charge to needy military families. The GreenCare for Troops Program is underwritten by Cub Cadet Commercial. To sign up or volunteer, visit www.projectevergreen.com/gcft
Project EverGreen is also working with Wake County Public Schools this fall to announce the winning schools’ entries for the 2011 Art of Green Spaces Competition. The contest’s goal is to encourage students in all grades to create visual art, creative writing, music, dance and drama entries depicting why green spaces are important to their lives and their communities. Winning art entries will earn cash awards donated directly to their schools and have the students’ work recognized at an awards ceremony and displayed in prominent public locations. For more information about the Art of Green Spaces Competition, please contact Michael Joyce, NC Project Manager at 336.327.6868.