“Green spaces are the lungs of a city and research shows a multitude of environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits come from them. Parks, lawns, landscapes and maintained green spaces help to mitigate temperature increases in communities, reduce the ‘heat island’ effect and provide cleaner air through carbon sequestration.”
We celebrate Earth Day to remind the world that our planet is the only place we can call home, and that we should always work towards protecting it. As our human population continues to grow, we continue to deplete several essential resources, and in turn, creating negative environmental impacts. It’s important to continue bringing awareness to the state our planet is in so that we can get ahead of the curve before it’s too late.
Celebrating Earth Day also serves as an opportunity to show all the ways we can be more sustainable and help take part in saving and protecting our local communities.
- Plant more trees
- Save water
- Save energy
- Reduce, reuse, recycle
- Volunteer with Project EverGreen or other local environmental organizations
- Use metal straws
- Switch out your plastic bottles for reusable cups
- Use toxic-free cleaning supplies
- Plant a garden
- Use rags instead of paper towels
- Shop at your local farmer’s market
- Support local environmental organizations
You can celebrate Earth Day by donating, volunteering, spreading the message, or find at least one thing in your daily lifestyle that you can switch out for a more sustainable practice.
Take the Nature and Happiness Quiz
The link between being out in nature and happiness is undeniable. Learn more about the connection to green spaces and how to increase your happiness by taking the following quiz from EarthDay.org
Supporting a Greener, Healthier, Cooler Earth
Project EverGreen is passionate about Earth Day and the importance of green spaces in communities across the country. We want you to be just as excited about the benefits communities’ experience from well-maintained yards, parks, and green spaces.
“Green spaces are the lungs of a city and research shows a multitude of environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits come from them,” says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “Parks, lawns, landscapes and maintained green spaces help to mitigate temperature increases in communities, reduce the ‘heat island’ effect and provide cleaner air through carbon sequestration.”
Project EverGreen’s celebrates Earth Day through its GreenCare for Communities initiative which has made a significant impact on the environmental well-being of communities across the country. Since 2008, Project EverGreen and its partners have renovated community parks and public green spaces totaling more than 200 million square feet of living green space.
Through its nationwide base of professional volunteers, GreenCare for Communities connects people, plants, and their communities to maximize the health of grass, plants, and trees, which in turn sequesters carbon and cleans the air. The initiative supports healthy green spaces in neighborhoods and cities, enabling maintained green spaces to function as the lungs of the city and offsetting the negative effects of a warming environment.
GreenCare for Communities is gearing up for another year of revitalizing under-resourced public green spaces and connecting individuals with a flourishing community park within 10 minutes walking distance of their home.
Through the initiative, Project EverGreen collaborates with donors, volunteers, community groups and municipal parks staff to accomplish that goal.
Community green spaces have also been shown to help create closer-knit communities and improve well-being, and in doing so, increasing safety, and lowering levels of vandalism. From an economic perspective, access to well-maintained parks and green spaces increases property values and employee productivity and boosts business activity.
Project EverGreen is seeking volunteers, corporate donors, and advocates to join them and contribute to the renaissance of urban communities across the country in 2023.
- New York City
- Raleigh, NC
- Fort Myers, Florida