News Release Aug 25: Green Interchange Announces Initiative to Reforest Tennessee Highways
Nashville TN: Officials from Green Interchange, TN Department of Transportation, TN Division of Forestry will announce Green Interchange, a new initiative to reforest Tennessee highway interchanges, at a press conference to be held at Legislative Plaza at 11am on Aug. 25, 2020.
Congressman Mark Green conceived the idea as an easy way for everyday Tennesseans from both sides of the aisle to come together and take a small first step toward protecting our environment and beautifying our interchanges through planting trees.
“As an avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman, I care deeply about our environment. Unfortunately, today, some of the extreme proposals out there have forced conservatives out of the discussion when we should very much be in it,” Green explained. “Because of House Ethics rules, I can't be a part of this project directly, but I am honored that this team has launched my idea, the Green Interchange, and I can't wait to see the impact they make.”
Brian Oaks has been named Chairman of the Board for Green Interchange. The organization has a simple mission, to plant trees in four lane interchanges to capture pollutants and beautify communities. Oaks said, “We are honored that Congressman Green has trusted us to head this effort up and believe we have the right team in place to make it a huge success.”
John McFadden, the newly appointed CEO for Green Interchange, has a history that includes planting 700,000 trees across Tennessee with volunteers. According to McFadden, “Trees provide a myriad of benefits to our communities and over time, 100s of years those benefits just keep growing. We will need thousands of volunteers, which we expect to reach quickly here in the Volunteer State!”
Green Interchange’s first project is planned for late November or early December 2020 in Spring Hill TN. The organization also offers opportunities for individuals and businesses who want to offset carbon emissions. For every $6 donated, the organization will plant one tree. Information about sponsoring an event, volunteering, offsetting emissions, and supporting the effort can be found at GreenInterchange.org.
Speakers at the press conference include: Congressman Mark Green; John McFadden, CEO Green Interchange; Brian Oaks, Chairman of the Board Green Interchange; Nathan Hoover, TN Dept. of Agriculture - Forest Health and Sustainability Unit; Paul Deggs, TN Department of Transportation, and Mark Cleveland, CEO Hytch.
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