“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” – Walt Whitman

Are you looking for a way to create a greener, healthier, cooler Earth in your community this summer? Project EverGreen has five easy-to-do ideas that you, your company and employees can act on that will not only benefit your community but you as well.

What are Project EverGreen’s five ways to celebrate a greener, healthier, cooler Earth this summer?

1. Volunteer (May 16)
2. Plant Some Grass (May 30)
3. Green Your Community (June 21)
4. Negate Heat (July 11)
5. Be Active

As summer rolls on, Project EverGreen wants to share another way you can enjoy your summer and help create a greener, cooler, healthier Earth.
With cities are becoming increasingly congested, temperatures rise and “heat islands” form. “Heat islands” can negatively affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, as well as water quality.

Living green landscapes can help negate the impact of “heat islands” and contribute to improved air quality by producing the very oxygen we need to breath. Lawns, trees, shrubs and plants absorb contaminants we don’t want and in many ways act as the “Lungs of a City,” absorbing pollutants including dirt, dust, and smoke and breaking down their components.

An effective way to turn the temperature this summer is to adapt living green landscapes into our communities which can cool urban climates, improve air quality, reduce health risks, and improve the overall well-being of people everywhere.

How can you help? You can start in your own backyard by introducing new plants and maintaining a healthy lawn. You can also consider volunteering to help revitalize a park in your community and create a cooling oasis that everyone can enjoy.

Interested in partnering with Project EverGreen to start a green space renovation project in your neighborhood? Email Project EverGreen’s Cindy Code at cindycode@projectevergreen.com to find out how.