lots and abandonned properties are a growing burden in many American
downtowns. Neglected properties drag down entire neighborhoods by
serving as breeding grounds for urban blight. They create the impression
of a community in decline, and contribute to crime, disorder, lower
property values and decreased commerce.
g.r.o. initiative is seeking a solution in national partnership with
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), which has used innovative
practices to transform over 11,000 vacant lots in the city of
Philadelphia alone. Through the partnerhship we seek to train and
educate local organizations in practices for vacant lot stabiliazation.
Full immersion learning strategies will be combined with webinars to
apply the knowledge that PHS has gained to communities nationwide. And
technical assistance grants will provide needed funding as well as
dedicated experts to directly address the problem on a local level.
and trees are essential to the health and livability of our cities and
towns. They purify the air we breathe and the water we drink. Trees
improve property values, stabilize soil erosion, and even reduce crime
and blight. In fact, trees are one of the most sensible investments a
community can make in its own future.
alone, KAB affiliates planted 160,000 trees, establishing roots that
will flourish as benefits to their communities for years to come. The
g.r.o. initiative will leverage our current activities with partners
such as Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Arbor Day Foundation and the Sustainable Urban Forest
Coaltion to increase tree planting activities by 20,000 trees over a 3-year period.
gardening practices are the cornerstone of smart municipal planning.
Conservation of resources and emphasis on native vegetation create
thriving, healthy ecosystems and help build a tangible connection
between the public and the local environment.
sustainable gardening maximizes the impact of community greening
efforts. Green spaces that are designed for sustainability result in
reduced maintenance burden, more efficient use of resources, and
amplified environmental benefits through cleaner air and water. The
g.r.o. initiative provides education and incentives to replace invasives
with native species, conserve water with rain barrels and water-smart
design, create edible community gardens, mitigate storm water runoff,
restore wildlife habitat, prevent soil erosion, use beneficial pests,
and more. Partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society provides affiliates with
knowledge, tools and resources.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find resources of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
- Rachel Carson
public spaces transcend aesthetic appeal to postively impact the lives
of area residents, visitors, businesses and institutions. Long active in
our nation’s most significant beautification efforts, KAB and our
affiliates have been at the forefront of community greening efforts for
over 55 years.
Through the g.r.o. initiative, KAB will plant
millions of flowers, bulbs and ornamentals annually, creating beautiful
public spaces, community gateways, streetscapes and memorial gardens.
These projects will touch downtown areas as well as schools, corporate
campuses, places of worship, parks, monument grounds and more.