Connecticut Kickoff Event for American Bar Association's One Million Trees By 2014

May 6, 2011

60 Trees to be Planted in Downtown Bridgeport

Stamford – On June 24 of 2010, Bridgeport was struck by a tornado, uprooting and destroying over one thousand trees throughout Bridgeport. On Saturday, May 7, volunteers from a variety of Connecticut law firms, businesses, and associations will help restore a green canopy to the downtown neighborhood of the Park City in connection with the "One Million Trees Project - Right Tree for the Right Place at the Right Time" of the American Bar Association.

The ABA's goal is to plant one million trees across the United States by 2014. Volunteers will plant a total of 60 trees at a variety of locations throughout downtown, including Wheeler Park at City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace, the City of Bridgeport Fire Department, 30 Congress Street Baldwin Plaza (behind the Courthouse), 1130 Broad Street and City Hall Annex, 999 Broad Street.

The ABA effort in Connecticut is being led by Wiggin and Dana's Barry Trilling, partner and co-chair of the firm's Environmental and Climate Change and Sustainable Development Practice Groups, whom the Public Service Task Force of the ABA's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) assigned as the Connecticut point person for its tree planting program. Working on the logistics of the project with City of Bridgeport Special Projects Coordinator Steve Hladun and Groundworks Bridgeport's Director Jack Dillon, Mr. Trilling garnered both financial support and the participation of volunteers from his own firm and the law firms of Pullman & Comley, Robinson & Cole, Cooper Needles & Zeldes, Brown & Rudnick, and Day Pitney, consulting firms GZA Geotechnical and Conestoga Rovers & Associates, and the Connecticut/Suburban New York Chapter of NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

In addition to Connecticut law firms; this tree planting effort is a collaboration of efforts supported by Mayor Bill Finch, the City of Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department and Groundwork Bridgeport, CT DEP Division of Forestry and other local volunteers.

"Trees are an essential element to reaching our goal of making Bridgeport the cleanest, greenest city in the region. I am happy that the local American Bar Association affiliate chose Bridgeport for their "One Million Trees" volunteer effort. And, I look forward to working with all the volunteers to fulfill my goal of planting 2,012 trees by 2012," said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch.

About SEER's One Million Trees Project
Trees are important to the environment through their ability to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide and also contribute to the overall health of communities, wildlife and aesthetics. In addition to the actual planting of trees, SEER also intends through public outreach and partnering efforts, to raise the nation's awareness of the multiple benefits of trees and their role in helping to fight climate change. Members of SEER are constantly engaging in publicity and educational outreach efforts. A key aspect of the project is ABA SEER's partnerships with well recognized tree-planting organizations, including Alliance for Community Trees, The Arbor Day Foundation, Tree Link/Tree Bank, American Forests, and the Institute for Environmental Solutions. Members are encouraged to get involved in hands-on tree planting activities in their communities in addition to purchasing a tree or trees through the program partners.