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DOEE and DDOT Announce $742,500 in Funding to Implement Canopy 3,000 Tree Planting Initiative

Thursday, February 25, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – February 25, 2016 — The Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) recently posted the Canopy 3,000 and Schoolyard and Parkland Tree Planting Grants, which will provide nearly $750,000 in funding for tree planting across the District. To help meet the Sustainable DC Plan goal to cover 40 percent of the District with a healthy tree canopy by 2032, Mayor Bowser announced the Canopy 3,000 initiative at the District’s inaugural tree summit in December 2015.

“Trees are an invaluable resource in meeting the District’s sustainability and environmental goals,” said DOEE Director Tommy Wells. “They provide shade and reduce urban heat islands, improve air quality and public health, and reduce stormwater runoff—critical elements in successful restoration and protection of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. The Canopy 3,000 initiative will engage new partners and increase the number of trees planted on public spaces and private properties.”

The National Park Service recently committed to planting and additional 1,000 in 2016. This commitment, coupled with ongoing collaboration among the 11-member Canopy 3,000 Workgroup, significantly advances the District on the path to meeting several important goals in the Sustainable DC Plan.

Interested parties can access the RFA through any the following means:

A pre-application conference will be hosted on March 2, 2016, 10:00am EST, at DOEE headquarters, 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002 (NoMa/Gallaudet Metro).

Applications are due by 4:30pm on March 21, 2016 and are limited to nonprofits and faith-based organizations.

For more information about the District’s tree efforts, visit DDOE's Trees in the District or DDOT Tree Services.

CONTACT: Julia Robey Christian, PIO, (202) 741-0842 desk, (202) 450-7878 cell, [email protected]