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Posted on: September 19, 2023

Neat Streets Miami-Dade County Awards 2023 Growing Roots for Environmentally Equitable...

Neat Streets Miami-Dade County Awards 2023 Growing Roots for Environmentally Equitable Neighborhoods (GREEN) Miami-Dade County to the City of North Miami

Lets's grown some GREEN!

September 19, 2023

In an effort to expand Miami-Dade County’s tree canopy by leveraging local resources, Neat Streets Miami-Dade County awarded the City of North Miami a 2023 GREEN Miami-Dade County Matching Grant for its 2023 Neat Street Project in the amount of $40,000. In its eighth year, Neat Streets Miami-Dade County awarded 17 organizations with matching grants to GREEN up public lands in our county and advance the Million Trees Miami-Dade County initiative, a community-wide effort to achieve a 30 percent overall tree canopy. 

"As the Chair of Neat Streets Miami-Dade County, I am excited to work alongside our municipal partners, including the City of North Miami, to increase our countywide tree canopy,” said County Commissioner Eileen Higgins. “Never before have we awarded so much money to such a diverse pool of applicants. The investments in public land will go a long way in reaching our 30% urban tree canopy goal, making a real difference in the health and beauty of our community." 

“The Neat Street tree project provided North Miami the opportunity to participate in increasing its tree inventory and canopy to beautify its streets, mitigate urban heat and reduce stormwater runoff”- Christina Viala, North Miami Sustainability Administrator. 

As part of this project, North Miami will plant 100 native trees to provide shade and beautify their community. Native trees are better adapted to the South Florida climate, requiring lower maintenance in the long term. They also play a role in reducing urban heat and reducing stormwater runoff. 

Made possible through the County’s Tree Trust Fund, preference was given to areas with low tree canopy and low-to-moderate income populations. 

About Million Trees Miami-Dade County and Neat Streets Miami-Dade County:
Launched by Neat Streets Miami-Dade County, the Million Trees Miami-Dade County initiative is a community-wide effort to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. Neat Streets Miami-Dade County is a multi-jurisdictional board dedicated to the promotion of ecological and human health by creating and maintaining sustainable, beautiful, clean, and environmentally equitable spaces countywide. 

About Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces: 
Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces is the third-largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 287 parks and 40,000+ acres of parks and natural areas, comprised of active, passive parklands and nature preserves. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on placemaking, health and fitness, and conservation and stewardship. Miami-Dade Parks is a recipient of numerous awards, both as an agency as a whole and for the accomplishments of its individual facilities and programs. It is one of only 199 park and recreation agencies to be CAPRA-accredited. It is also a two-time recipient of the Governor’s Sterling Award and the National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal Award for demonstrated excellence in long-range planning, resource management and agency recognition, among other accolades. 

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About the City of North Miami

North Miami is a suburban city located in northeast Miami-Dade County, Florida. It is roughly 10 miles (16 km) north of Miami. The city lies on Biscayne Bay which surrounds the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University. North Miami is home to a diverse demographic of residents. With more than 64,000 residents, North Miami is the sixth largest city in Miami-Dade County. We are home to the Oleta River State Park; the largest urban park in the Florida State Park System and the nationally accredited Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA North Miami).

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