Green initiative bringing more trees to Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) – In 2011, Grand Rapids changed it’s master plan to work towards a 40% tree canopy. Mayor Bliss has committed to the new Mayor’s Greening Initiative to reach that goal. The Greening Initiative targets areas of our city with low tree canopy cover and provides tree plantings in these areas. The Mayor’s Greening Initiative not only will green our city but also will help us combat climate change, clean our air and waterways, and bring us closer than ever to obtaining our 40% canopy cover goal.

On Friday, October 28, hundreds of volunteers at eight locations around the city will plant hundreds of trees, in what will become a yearly effort.

In honor of this and to raise awareness of the positive impact of trees and an increased canopy, we are asking people to post a picture with a tree or a favorite tree on social media with the hashtag #GreenUpGR

This year, the Inaugural Mayor’s Greening Initiative Tree Planting is in honor of Richard and Helen DeVos for all they have done to grow Grand Rapids into the award- winning city it is today. This project was made possible by support from the original committee to thank Richard and Helen DeVos and the Employee’s Community Improvement Fund at Amway Corporation.