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More than 200 Carolinas HealthCare System employees recently volunteered to plant some 250 trees in the Little Rock Community as part of an effort by TreesCharlotte to restore Charlotte’s tree canopy that has been lost to storms and development. Trees clean the air, reduce storm water run-off, cool streets and homes (reduce energy use), increase property values, and provide beauty.
Trees are essential to health, both physically and mentally. The Charlotte City Council recently adopted a bold tree canopy coverage goal of 50 percent by 2050. This goal calls for planting 500,000 trees over the next 38 years and TreesCharlotte is leading the way.
Not only is Carolinas HealthCare System providing volunteers to TreesCharlotte, a public/private initiative affiliated with The Foundation For The Carolinas, but it is also a sponsor and underwriter of the tree planting effort.
“Improving the health of our community is Carolinas HealthCare System’s reason for being,” said Lois Ingland, assistant vice president of corporate community benefit. “Helping to increase Charlotte’s tree cover, especially in neighborhoods most in need, is a project that fits perfectly with our community service goals.”