Creating A Greener, Cooler Earth One Yard At A Time

Project EverGreen and Houston Habitat for Humanity teamed up for the second consecutive year to give the gift of healthy green spaces when they installed lawns and landscapes for five new homes in Houston’s Harrell Park subdivision.

Project EverGreen and landscape volunteers BrightView, Triangle Turf, Champion Turf and Lucky Landscape Supply provided the landscape materials and labor to install Oak trees, ornamental shrubs, mulch and more than 22,000 sq. ft. of harvested sod to the five houses. The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and the Turfgrass Producers of Texas Association also participated in the effort.

The project included installation of Oak trees and an assortment of azaleas, boxwoods, gardenias and ferns, and mulch beds around the five houses to create a landscape that complements the new turf and creates a greener, cooler landscape for the new homeowners to enjoy.Habitat Volunteers Laying Sod

“Project EverGreen is proud to once again partner with Houston Habitat for Humanity to establish green spaces that will make a positive difference in the lives of these parents and children as they begin a new chapter in their lives,” said Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “Lawns, landscapes and plants help transform houses into homes and neighborhoods into healthy, thriving communities.”

The work was done as part of Houston Habitat for Humanity’s “SuperBuild” initiative that was sanctioned by the National Football League and Houston Super Bowl LI Host Committee. The Harrell Park Subdivision that was established by Habitat in 2013 and is home to more than 110 families.

“These homes are vehicles out of poverty and serve as a trampoline for our families,” says Angela Birch Cox, development director for Houston Habitat for Humanity. “Our neighborhoods and families are better off because of the efforts of ProjectEverGreen and its partners to create green spaces for them to enjoy.”

Thriving lawns, trees and plants go beyond the aesthetics; they are an integral part of the social fabric of a community and provide individuals with the ability to actively participate in creating a greener, healthier, cooler Earth. Some of the benefits include:

• Trees, shrubs and turf remove smoke, dust and other pollutants from the air. One tree can remove 26 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
• Natural grass recharges and filters groundwater supply and reduces storm water runoff
• Not only does your lawn release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, it lowers temperatures caused by soil and hard surfaces. Lawns can be 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil.
• Green spaces improve mental functioning and physical well-being. In fact, residents of areas with the highest levels of greenery were 40 percent less likely to be overweight or obese compared to those living in less green space.
• The proper placement of just three trees around a home reduces interior house temperatures, allow air conditioning units to run more efficiently and offer homeowners $100 to $250 in savings annually.