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Openlands Forestry Team Discusses Environmental Inequity and Tree Planting In Under-Resourced Neighborhoods on ABC7

The Openlands Forestry Team and members of the Southwest Collective were interviewed by ABC7 News on June 30, 2021 about why there is a low tree canopy on the Southwest Side and how the organizations are working with community groups to plant more trees.

Space to Grow Celebrates Opening of New Schoolyard with Community Partners and Elected Officials Including Mayor Lori Lightfoot

On Saturday, June 5, dignitaries including Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Alderman Jason Irvin, Dr. Andrea Cheng, Chicago’s Acting Commissioner of Water, and MWRD Commissioner Kimberly du Blucet, joined members of the Garfield Park Rite to Wellness Collaborative, architects from Studio Gang and Space to Grow partners to celebrate the new Space to Grow schoolyard at Melody STEM elementary school in West Garfield Park.

Urban Forestry Advisory Board Key to Mitigating City Flood Damages, Promoting Environmental Equity Passes in City Council

To protect trees, the Chicago City Council unanimously voted on Friday, June 25 to establish an Urban Forestry Advisory Board. In Chicago, the Urban Forestry Advisory Board will consist of city commissioners and industry professionals from across the city who will consult on issues related to the urban forest.