Three core programs constitute the foundation of operations at URI:
Started in 1995 as the "Neighborhood Beautification Program," Community Greenspace has since brought together a diversity of community groups for more than 200 urban restoration projects and the planting of over 2,000 trees.
Mayor John DeStefano announced on October 5, 2009 the goal of planting 10,000 trees in five years. URI has partnered with the City of New Haven to help accomplish this goal. In 2010 we met our first-year milestone of 1,000 trees planted on public land.
This program began in 2007, when the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees faced a backlog of citizen requests for street trees. The City partnered with URI to respond to the requests, and URI took this opportunity to offer green jobs to local teenagers and, more recently, ex-offenders.