OPIRG McMaster's summer student Jonathan Valencia volunteered to present to the Public Works Committee at City Hall this morning about our pilot project in the Keith Neighbourhood.
It was easy to impress them with our project: in an area with an identified air quality problem that would normally get three street tree requests a year, by going door to door Jonathan was able to get 75 requests! While not every property meets the minimum space requirement, still, 53 trees will be planted this fall. Not only will the neighbourhood look better, but air quality will be improved, along with other tree-positive benefits such as cooling shade, water retention, and soil protection.
OPIRG McMaster plans to continue and expand the project next summer, so that more neighbourhoods can benefit from the street tree program offered by the city.
OPIRG students making the world a better place one street at a time!
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