Green Columbus promotes sustainable living in the Hilltop

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Green Columbus volunteers Sharon Cassady (front) and Mary Caldwell have their hands full as they transport a number of trees from the Hilltop Nursery on S. Terrace Avenue to a line of awaiting vehicles as a part of a massive free tree giveaway held on Oct. 1. Green Columbus, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting sustainable living, environmental education, and community involvement, established the program nearly five years ago to increase the urban tree canopy on private properties in the city. Executive director Shelly Douglas said these trees will eventually help reduce the urban heat canopy, improve the air quality, and help combat climate change within the community. More than 500 people signed up to receive a black cherry, hackberry, red oak, river birch, or a tulip poplar tree. Green Columbus plans to host additional tree giveaways on Oct. 8 at the Linden Nursery, 1146 E. 17th Ave. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Oct. 15 at the Barack Community Center, 580 E. Woodrow Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those wanting a free tree are encouraged to register at the Green Columbus website,
Kai Sangale, 6, helps put a water-resistant bag around the tree container before it is placed into a vehicle.
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