TreeFolks has partnered with Austin Independent School District to create a planting project to directly address loss of tree cover in the Highway 183 corridor. Through the efforts of our staff and our many volunteers, TreeFolks has made great strides in slowing the tide of deforestation in Austin, TX. Community members including AISD teachers and students have been engaged as volunteer planters in our project. Through the many benefits of tree plantings and community involvement, we expect this project to locally increase canopy cover and sequester carbon will be successful both in generating enough Carbon+ Credits to help meet Austin’s 2020 Carbon Neutrality goals and creating a better city for current and future residents.
TreeFolks is submitting this application for the programmatic ability to use the Tree Planting Protocol developed by City Forest Credits in order to generate Carbon+ Credits. Proceeds from these Credits will go to fund project management and future expansion. This project will serve as a pilot for a larger carbon sequestration program in and around Austin, TX. Austin, TX is committed to the reforestation of the city and the surrounding areas through continued support of carbon sequestration projects with TreeFolks in order to generate local carbon credits and the myriad co-benefits available.
This planting project serves to increase canopy cover and enjoyment of the outdoor spaces of Norman Elementary School. These plantings will provide shade and habitat for local wildlife. Increased canopy cover increase students’ ability to use and appreciate the school grounds along with providing the many other benefits associated with growing trees such as reducing heating and cooling costs and improving air quality. These plantings also serve to engage local community members with their environment by creating a lasting, impactful change for the better on the city landscape.
Through the proceeds from the sale of credits generated with this planting, TreeFolks will be able to develop future planting projects. This and other initial plantings are intended to serve as a pilot program for a massive reforestation effort in the City of Austin and surrounding area. We intend to bring the benefits of landscape scale reforestation efforts to the area in an effort to fight the loss of shade and greenery that is threatening nearly every major urban area in the United States.