On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 75 PLANET members attended the third annual PLANET Gives Back community service event in Louisville, Ky., held in conjunction with the Green Industry Conference (GIC). This event was created in 2011 as a way to give back to the conference's host city and to showcase the expertise, knowledge, and resources of the landscape industry and the impact it makes on communities. It is organized by PLANET members with the help of sponsors and local donations of material and equipment.
Home of the Innocents, a nonprofit shelter and pediatric convalescent center, was the focus of PLANET Gives Back 2013. The Home provides services to those facing severe crisis, including children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, are medically fragile or have autism.
This year, the scope of work focused on a few projects which included installing 25 trees to help improve the natural screening of the perimeters of the property; installed and repaired new drip irrigation around all of the newly installed trees; installed new playground mulch so that the children have a safe area to play in; cleaned up the butterfly garden and put it to sleep for the winter season; and cleaned up the raised planter beds and installed cold crops for the season.
This year's project is in keeping with Louisville's Mayor Greg Fischer's initiative to revitalize and enhance Louisville neighborhoods. Maria Koetter, Louisville's director of sustainability, stopped by to pay the volunteers a visit. "We love what you do for the world. You keep our world green. You keep our world beautiful," she told them. One of the goals within the mayor's strategic plan includes the planting of 10,000 trees. He is also focused on promoting volunteerism and giving back. PLANET Gives Back is just one of those events helping to accomplish the city's goals.
Stay tuned for details regarding the fourth annual PLANET Gives Back to be held in October of 2014.