The first pledge of trees went to Henryville Schools, which lost scores of trees in the March 2012 tornado that ravaged Southern Indiana.
“Trees are an important resource that we value more than ever after the destruction in our communities,” said Monty Schneider, Superintendent of West Clark Schools “This thoughtful and generous gift of trees by Ecotech will benefit school children for generations to come.”
When students return to school in the fall, they will be part of planting new trees to restore shade and beauty to the campus.
In downtown New Albany, 10,000 Trees joined with city and civic leaders to plant trees that will improve the streetscape.
The lilac trees planted near MainSource Bank support the beautification efforts led by Keep New Albany Clean and Green, a non-profit group dedicated to community improvement.
“10,000 trees sound like a tremendous amount but when you make the commitment over time, it’s doable,” said New Albany City Councilman John Gonder, a member of the city’s Tree Board. “This is a wonderful way for Ecotech to commemorate 15 years in business because it will be such a great benefit to the community.”
The City of Indian Hills, a fourth-class city northeast of downtown Louisville, joined the 10,000 Trees Partnership to help replace trees lost in recent years to storms, disease and age. Indian Hills is a tree-lined community with about 1,200 homes and 2,900 citizens.
“Our whole city is a park-like atmosphere,” said Jim Graven, Public Works Director for Indian Hills. “Ecotech is helping us continue replacing the trees that make our city special.”
Indian Hills and Ecotech have developed “a great working relationship” in the three years since the company became the waste services provider for the city, said Indian Hills Mayor Thomas Eifler Sr.
“We truly appreciate what Ecotech is doing for our community and other cities throughout the region with the 10,000 Trees Partnership,” Eifler said.