What We Do
Tree-Duce, Tree-Use, Tree-Cycle
From notes to homework to worksheets, schools consume a lot of paper. Tree-Plenish's mission is to create more sustainable schools by replenishing the environment with these lost resources. Through student-led events, Tree-Plenish is able to plant trees in the community based on approximations of school paper usage.
We also believe there is power in community. Our platform gives student leaders the opportunity to harness this power and enact meaningful environmental change.
Planning an Event
Student Leaders plan an event in their community with a target number of trees they want to plant based on the paper their school has used.
Timeline: September - December
Mobilize the Community
Members of the community sign up to volunteer to plant trees on the day of the event or sign up to request a tree to be planted in their yard.
Timeline: January - March
Day of the Event
On the day of the event, teams of volunteers plant trees in the yards of people who requested them.
We are an organization for students and by students. We have been so amazed this year to see the power of youth at work.
- MATTHEW KATZ, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Our Core Values
in building a sustainable future by giving back what we take.
committed to channeling the power of youth to create meaningful change.
the strength of a local community coming together to take action.
Why We Need Trees
Trees help us breathe.
1. One tree provides a day's worth of oxygen for four people
2. A mature tree absorbs 48 pounds of CO2 a year
3. In Chicago, trees removed 18,000 tons of pollutants a year
*North Carolina State University (1), Arbor Day Foundation (2), US Forest Service (3)
Trees reduce climate change.
1. A mature tree can absorb the pollutants from a car driven 26,000 miles
2. In 2017, American vegetation absorbed 11% of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions
*Arbor Day Foundation (1), Environmental Protection Agency (2)
Trees save money and energy.
1. Trees have 2 to 5 times return on investment for towns
2. Well placed trees reduce air conditioning needs by 30%
3. Mature trees can increase property value by up to 20%
*US Forest Service (1,2,3)
MIDWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
Hosting an event with Tree-Plenish is the most ideal method to help out our one and only earth while also spreading love and positivity within your community!
The experience was great! The event planning was very well thought out and organized, and the event itself was incredible. By hosting the event I feel that I have made a lasting impact on my community and the environment overall.
THE MASCONOMET REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB
Together, we planted 550 trees in the community – enough to one day offset 5.5 million sheets of paper. We received nothing but positive feedback from the community and feel proud to have made such an effective impact on our environment.