NEWARK, N.J., September 17, 2010 – The Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) joined forces with the New Jersey Tree Foundation, the City of Newark and volunteers from Standard Chartered Bank to plant trees and rose bushes in Peter Francisco Park on Ferry Street to help restore the tree canopy, enhance the beauty of the streetscape and improve the environment of the Ironbound community. A total of seventeen new trees and thirty-five new rose bushes were planted at Peter Francisco Park during the event.
Deputy Mayor Stefan Pryor and East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador were in attendance at the event to show support for the hard work of the volunteers, and the cause of a cleaner and greener Newark.
“We consider Peter Francisco Park to be a Unity Park because it unifies the greater part of the City of Newark with the Ironbound neighborhood at the crossroads of Penn Station,” said Seth A. Grossman, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID). “Planting the trees emphasizes the need for places-of-green for people throughout our City to meet in a healthy and quality environment.”
Volunteers from Standard Chartered Bank plant a tree along Ferry Street at Peter Francisco Park.
Steven T. Yglesias, IBID President, noted the Ironbound BID’s history of support for clean and green initiatives including an annual anti-litter education program, research with Rutgers University on recycling and management of organic food waste generated by the Ironbound’s many restaurants and a community planting program in cooperation with the Greater Newark Conservancy.
Shannon Buckley, Project Coordinator for the New Jersey Tree Foundation, pointed out that trees reduce storm water runoff and help control flooding and non-point source pollution into local waterways. The Foundation is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, enhancement and development of urban and community forestry activities in New Jersey through education, volunteerism, community outreach, partnerships and grants.
“It’s not just about environmental improvement. Planting trees is a way to improve the quality of life in Newark and change lives,” said Buckley. “In just one year the trees planted at Peter Francisco Park will intercept 1744 gallons of storm water, conserve 201 Kilowatt hours of electricity and sequester 818 pounds of carbon from the atmosphere.”
“There was tremendous enthusiasm for the project at Peter Francisco Park among our staff,” said Matthew Millett, Standard Chartered’s Chief Operating Officer for the Americas. “We are always looking for ways to make a positive contribution to the communities we work and live in, and we are grateful to the New Jersey Tree Foundation for giving us this opportunity to help reduce our carbon footprint and create a more sustainable environment.”
(Left to Right) Elaine Chin, Head of Corporate Affairs, Americas, Standard Chartered Bank, Seth A. Grossman Executive Director, Ironbound Business Improvement District, John Paterson, Chief Financial Officer, Americas, Standard Chartered Bank, East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador; Michael McVicker, Managing Director, Governance North America, Standard Chartered Bank and Shannon Buckley, Project Manager, New Jersey Tree Foundation, participated in the recent tree planting event at Peter Francisco Park on Ferry Street.