Stepping Up For Our Nation’s Heroes

The first Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day as it was known back then, took place on November 11, 1919 and honored those brave Americans who fought and gave the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefields of Europe in World War I.

The holiday evolved into Veterans Day in 1954 when President Eisenhower proclaimed “In order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.”

Tomorrow we will recognize our veterans and Project EverGreen needs your help. Project EverGreen is expanding its popular GreenCare for Troops and SnowCare for Troops programs that provide no charge lawn care and maintenance, and snow and ice removal services for currently deployed military personnel and their families to include wounded and disabled veterans.

How great is the need? According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 3.6 million veterans with a service-related disability and the need for day-to-day household and lifestyle assistance services is a major need area.

SnowCare for Troops currently has more than 1,300 snow and ice contractors currently on board to provide these much needed services to the more than 3,700 families who have signed up to receive services. However, we need more contactors to join us in this effort, especially as the winter season arrives in certain parts of the country.

Its sister initiative, GreenCare for Troops currently serves more than 10,000 families with 4,000 lawn and landscape contracts participating. Military families participating in the program have received an array of services including aeration, fertilization, weed and disease control, mowing, tree removal and trimming, and general landscape maintenance.

SnowCare for Troops is underwritten by BOSS Snowplows and GreenCare for Troops is underwritten by the Toro Co.

Project EverGreen thanks you in advance for considering joining the effort – you will be glad you did.

How Can Contractors Volunteer?

If your company is interested in volunteering its services visit www.ProjectEverGreen.org  to complete the registration form and learn more.

How Do Families Sign Up?

Families of deployed or wounded personnel or disabled veterans needing assistance with snow and ice removal or lawn care and landscape services can sign up at www.ProjectEverGreen.org

 

 

 

Green Spaces: A “Cool” Way to Make Our Communities A Better Place to Live

The benefits package when it comes to green spaces is pretty impressive. Green spaces provide environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits to communities big and small, and to people ages two to 90 and everyone in between.

Project EverGreen knows a greener, cooler and healthier earth helps everyone and that is why we have dedicated our resources to driving initiatives like “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” that renovate and revitalize athletic and recreational green spaces in communities across the country giving kids and adults a place to safely exercise, compete and connect.

How cool is this program? For example, did you know that grass is 14 degrees cooler compared to bare soil? And that grass is 30 degrees cooler than asphalt.

The above numbers don’t lie and reinforce the need for the further development and a commitment to maintain athletic and recreational green spaces in our communities.

Since the program’s inception in 2015, Project EverGreen and its volunteer green industry partners have renovated more than 607,000 square footage of recreational and athletic green space from Atlanta to Minneapolis.

How beneficial are athletic and recreational green spaces? Check these facts out:

  • Children age 5 to 17 should engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis
  • A child can burn up to 100 calories in one hour of active play
  • Physically active young people demonstrate higher academic performance at school
  • Lawns that are fertilized, mowed at the proper height and watered will crowd out weeds and provide a safe playing surface for kids to run

 

For more information on Project EverGreen’s programs that promote the economic, social and lifestyle benefits of managed green spaces, visit www.ProjectEverGreen.org

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Our View: Green Space is Critical to Development

Project EverGreen Note: This article originally appeared in the Post-Bulletin on August 29, 2016.

They’re called pocket parks, and those little pieces of green space can seemingly appear out of nowhere when rounding an unfamiliar corner in many downtowns. They sit between buildings, providing respite from concrete and asphalt.

One of Rochester’s prime examples, Harwick Courtyard, popped into conversation unexpectedly last week as Jeff Bolton, chairman of the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency Board and chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic, presented ongoing Discovery Square efforts to the DMC Corp. Board.

Amid talk of what could be up to 2 million square feet of Mayo Clinic development aimed to attract new research partners in what has been called DMC’s economic engine, Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede asked about the small park: “Is there going to be any attention to that, either to retain or create green space in the midst of all that building that may go on?”

Bolton quickly offered reassurance. While much of his planned comments were about attracting new development to fill the clinic’s 35 percent of the district, he noted green space has been part of the conversation and should have been part of his planned presentation.
“The idea of green space is a critical part of anywhere people are going to come together,” he said. “Green space — I think everyone on the board knows — is very important.”

That importance goes beyond creating places for people to meet. Green space also provides healthy options for breaks during hectic days and offers environmental connections amid towers of brick and mortar. It simply makes any city better.

That’s why we’re glad to hear the commitment to green space. As Bolton noted, much of what Mayo Clinic owns in the district, which primarily sits between Third Street Southwest and Sixth Street Southwest from Broadway to Fifth Avenue, is covered with parking lots. In its current state, much of the property doesn’t engage the pedestrian or offer inviting views.

Those parking lots, however, will likely make ideal building sites. We also hope parts of them will be considered for the creating inviting places for people to come together, whether it’s new pocket parks or something grander.

The downtown core already has limited park space, and the walk from one to another can be daunting for those with mobility issues. The idea of creating relaxing areas in addition to Central Park, Mayo Park and Soldiers Field Park needs to stay part of any development plan.

That’s why we’re glad to hear it pop up out of nowhere during last week’s DMCC board meeting and be welcomed with encouraging words.
We trust those words will sprout more opportunities for green space as development continues.

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