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Friends of Trees awarded the 2023 Greenpower Grant!
We are excited to announce that Friends of Trees has been awarded the 2023 Greenpower Grant!
Several hundred Greenpower subscribers participated in the voting process this year, with Friends of Trees receiving 25% of the votes. Greenhill Humane Society came in 2nd with 20 percent, and McKenzie Fire & Rescue and The Village School tied for third with 17 percent each. Seven proposals were received overall during the application process.
Voting on the Greenpower Grant was open to all Greenpower subscribers.
Grant funding comes from voluntary Greenpower customer subscriptions. EWEB developed the Greenpower Program in 2008 and since then thousands of EWEB customers have chosen to support clean, renewable energy by enrolling in EWEB Greenpower.
In addition to buying renewable energy and funding the Greenpower Grant, Greenpower subscriptions fund EWEB’s solar electric program and K-12 education and events relating to renewable energy and carbon emissions.
This is the 3rd award for Friends of Trees, which won the grant in 2018 to fund a large-scale volunteer tree planting event in west Eugene and again in 2021 to fund another tree planting effort with a focus on urban areas and communities historically excluded from the benefits of green space. The new grant will fund the expansion of their Neighborhood Tree program to all areas on Eugene with low tree equity scores. Friends of Trees use shade equity tools, such as ArcGIS, American Forests tree equity map, Tree Plotter and other, to prioritize outreach and communication to areas in the city where there is low canopy cover, low income and high racial diversity. You can read their full program proposal here.
We'll continue to share updates on the Friends of Trees program throughout the coming year. You can also checkout their events page if you'd like to get involved.