What is Project GREEN?
This is a community service-learning program for Grand Rapids middle school students from June – August.
Teens serve as leaders in response to Mayor Heartwell’s call to “Green the City.” They address community environmental needs.
They are supporting the City of Grand Rapids by conducting a tree inventory and measuring the tree canopy in local neighborhoods.
The tree inventory will inform the city about the number, type and health of trees in these neighborhoods, guiding their decision making for planting new trees to reach the 40% tree canopy goal stated in the Green Grand Rapids Plan.
The youth will also be leading a recycling campaign, participating in watershed protection, and taking an active role in parks design and maintenance.
This is a collaboration between the City of Grand Rapids’ Our Community’s Children, Parks and Recreation, Forestry; Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Michigan State University Extension.
This program is funded by the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation, Believe 2 Become Project, and supported by the City of Grand Rapids.
For more information, contact Lynn Heemstra, Executive Director of Our Community’s Children at (616) 456-4353 or Branden Pecor, Program Coordinator for Recreation Reaps Rewards at (616) 456-4581