Community to work together to plant trees in Sunset Hill Farm County Park

2013-10-21T18:57:00Z Community to work together to plant trees in Sunset Hill Farm County ParkContributed by Amanda Pollard Environmental Educator Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | The Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is partnering with Partners for Clean Air, the parks department and local residents to plant trees in Sunset Hill Farm County Park from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 25 in an effort to improve air quality in the community.

“Tree planting projects are one way we can all work together to improve air quality in our communities,” said Kathy Luther, Director of Environmental Services, NIRPC. “We are excited to work alongside residents, Partners for Clean Air and community partners to reduce harmful air pollution in Northwest Indiana.”

Tree planting has both air quality and public health benefits, including:

• Reduced air pollution from the presence of trees helps to ameliorate respiratory problems, such as asthma—the leading serious chronic illness among children.

• Up to a 60% reduction in street level particulates.

• Reduced air pollution from the presence of trees helps to ameliorate respiratory problems, such as asthma—the leading serious chronic illness among children.

The Sunset Hill Farm County Park tree planting is open to the community and residents are encouraged to participate in the project.

Northwest Indiana Clean Air is a partnership between the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and the people and business of Northwest Indiana to help all residents Think Green & Breathe Easy – understanding and inspiring action to continue improving the air quality of our unique region. To learn more, visit www.NWICleanAir.com.

Partners for Clean Air is a coalition of Northwest Indiana and Chicago area businesses, industry, and community groups committed to improving air quality through voluntary actions. To learn more, visit www.in.gov

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