This week, seven homeless military veterans went out to several Denver neighbors to plant trees. The group represents Veterans City Canopy which is based on Veteran Green Jobs. By planting roughly 40 trees each day, they hope to accomplish their goal of 4,600 trees by August 2012. This program also teamed up with Greenprint Denver’s Mile High Million, which aspires to plant 1 million trees by 2025.
Veteran City Canopy launched in early May. The program includes a two week training period which consists of tree biology, tree planting and field experience training along with basic math and computer science courses. This will give them some of the necessary skills for a career in urban forestry. Currently, seven veterans are participating in the program, but throughout the next five planting seasons, 35 veterans will have taken part.
This program benefits everyone involved. The Homeowners gain shade, cooler homes and lower utility bills, while the veterans get the benefit of new career possibilities for working in the green-jobs economy.