On November 21, 2019 we gathered with community partners at Davis Bilingual Elementary Magnet School to celebrate our accomplishments in planting shade trees thanks to our partnerships with Bank of America and the Arbor Day Foundation. SERI is one of four national recipients awarded funding from the overall $250,000 Community Resiliency Grant Program established by Bank of America. Our efforts to plant more shade trees to improve community resilience to climate change helps urban neighborhoods combat heat waves, poor air quality, storm water control, high energy costs and low property value. We planted 60,000 shade trees during Jonathan Rothschild tenure as Mayor of the City of Tucson. Thanks to Efren Martinez (Garden Coordinator, Davis Bilingual Elementary Magnet School) we were able to create a lush environment in the school’s garden for students, teachers and the community to enjoy for years to come. During the ceremony community partners spoke about their support and contributions in planting trees and plans for future generations. We concluded our celebrations with a tree planting ceremony in the front yard of the school to signify our dedication and beginning of planting trees for the next generation.
Speakers: Jose Olivas (Principal, Bilingual Elementary Magnet School), Katie Gannon (Executive Director, Tucson Clean & Beautiful/Trees for Tucson), Outgoing Mayor Jonathan Rothschild (City of Tucson), Adriana Kong Romero (Tucson Market President/SERI grant provider, Bank of America), Allen Fore (Vice President, Kinder Morgan), and Regina Romero (New Mayor Elect, City of Tucson).Return to News