Mayor Emanuel Celebrates Arbor Day at Dore!
On April 25th Mayor Rahm Emanuel paid John C. Dore Elementary a visit to announce that the City will plant about 5,400 trees in neighborhoods across Chicago this year through various programs and projects in the "Building a New Chicago" infrastructure investment program.
"Chicago was one of the first cities where planting trees and urban forest were part of the City's plan and design," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "Not only do trees beautify our neighborhoods, but they clean our air, provide shade, and improve our quality of life to make our City in a Garden and even better place to live."
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Department of Streets and Sanitation celebrated Arbor Day on April 25th with Dore Elementary with the planting of seven trees in the parkway around John C. Dore Elementary School.
"The planting of trees is an important part of the any infrastructure investment, and our many streetscape and development projects this year will be enhanced with new greenery," said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld. "Planting and protecting our trees is an important part of creating a greener Chicago for our future".
At Dore Elementary, CDOT planted three Swamp White Oaks, three Princeton Elms, and one Kentucky Coffee tree. Chicago has an estimated 3.5 million trees on both public and private property, which cover more than 17 percent of the area, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Chicago's urban forest removes about 25,000 tons of carbon per year and about 900 tons of air pollution annually.