For Immediate Release: Dec. 23, 2009
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department’s TreesHenderson Urban Forestry Initiative Receives Clean Air Award
Program Has Environmental, Educational Benefits
2009 Henderson Holiday Decorating Contest Winners Announced HENDERSON, Nev. --The City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department’s TreesHenderson urban forestry initiative received a top award at the American Lung Association and Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management’s Clean Air Awards. The Clean Air Awards program was held in November, and Mayor Andy Hafen accepted the award on behalf of the city.
The Clean Air Awards recognize agencies throughout the Las Vegas Valley for programs, projects and technologies that directly or indirectly reduce air pollutants, are innovative, are replicable, and result in outcomes that are sustainable.
TreesHenderson was the top award winner in the Biological Pollution Reduction category. The program was recognized as contributing to a sustainable environment by promoting environmentally responsible filtering (capturing and sequestering air pollutants), thereby improving air quality in the community.
“We’re honored that our efforts to contribute to a healthier community have been recognized,” said Lisa Ortega, urban forester, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “TreesHenderson has a positive environmental impact because the program educates and engages people in the community to take an active role in conservation and become stewards of our urban forest.”
TreesHenderson is an urban forestry initiative and grassroots effort that includes educational components. The program invites residents to take a hands-on role in planting trees at city-organized planting events, under the guidance of volunteer Parks and Recreation Department team members, the department’s certified arborists, and volunteer Master Gardeners.
For additional information, visit cityofhenderson.com or call 267-4000.