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Mayor John Hickenlooper and Mile High Million Tree Initiative win national award

Mayor John Hickenlooper and the Mile High Million Tree Initiative have won the 2010 Arbor Day Award from the Arbor Day Foundation for their dedication to planting trees and conservation efforts.
Mayor Hickenlooper and the Mile High Million Tree Initiative is one of 17 individuals and organizations that will be honored Saturday, May 1, by the Arbor Day Foundation for environmental stewardship at the annual Arbor Day Awards Banquet. The event will be held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City, Neb. Sara Davis, program coordinator for the Mile High Million Tree Initiative, will accept the award on behalf of the City.
“Tree by tree we are making the Mile High City greener and more eco-friendly,” Mayor Hickenlooper said. “The Mile High Million Tree Initiative is a great example of how we can promote sustainability and quality of life in the metro area by working together. We appreciate the Arbor Day Foundation for recognizing a program that is truly growing strong roots in our community.”
The Arbor Day Awards annually honors innovative and extraordinary individuals and organizations that are involved in tree planting and conservation practices. Since 1972, the Foundation has presented Arbor Day Awards for work at the international, national, state, and community levels to recognize conservation efforts such as tree planting and care, Arbor Day celebrations, education, community projects and volunteer engagement.
Mayor Hickenlooper and the Mile High Million Tree Initiative will receive the Public Awareness of Trees Award for bringing attention to the importance of planting trees. The Arbor Day Foundation wrote:
The City of Denver and Mayor Hickenlooper created the initiative to triple the metro area’s tree canopy to 18 percent by 2025, and the Denver Greenprint Council worked with many groups to spread the word. The Mile High Million group took advantage of local resources to inform the citizens of Denver about the need to plant trees. More than 1,000 delegates and dignitaries from the Democratic National Convention volunteered at 30 community-project sites around Denver. The delegation included Michelle Obama and former President Jimmy Carter. The group also worked with the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies to draw attention to the initiative.
“Organizations like The Mile High Million Tree Initiative are making a positive impact on the Earth by putting their values into thoughtful actions for the benefit of all mankind,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The efforts of our Arbor Day Award winners are a shining example of conservation practices for people everywhere.”
The Arbor Day Foundation has granted the Arbor Day Awards since 1972. Past winners include Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai; Chicago Mayor Richard Daley; former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall; veteran newsman Bill Kurtis; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; and The Walt Disney Company.


About the Mile High Million Tree Initiative
The Mile High Million serves as a regional champion for trees, convening community partners to plant and steward 1 million trees by 2025 to improve our environment, our economy and our quality of life. As an initiative of Greenprint Denver, The Mile High Million is a catalyst in the mission to create a legacy of environmental sustainability. Be One in a Million by planting a tree today – then make your tree count by registering it!

About the Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental and education organization of more than one million members with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at