The Midtown Community Benefits District is committed to ensuring that our neighborhoods increase green spaces for the benefit of all.
Why greening is important:
Greening provides a myriad of benefits to a community. Among the many benefits are improved air quality, water quality, and temperature regulation. In an urban setting such as Midtown Baltimore, these benefits become even more important to combat increasing pollution and other health hazards.
What we have done:
Our volunteer greening program began this fall, and was very successful. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and Green Team we were able to plant 118 trees, and over 3000 bulbs and native plants.
What we would like to do:
In the spring are looking to plant 115 native trees through out the Midtown area. Among the 115 trees are 15 fruit trees that we will partner with City Schools to plant and care for. Aside from the trees, we have a number of native plants that we are looking to put into the ground this spring. Finally, we would like to expand our greening program to include vacant lot and public space renovation. We would like to take open spaces that have become dilapidated or underused, and give them new life through renovation. This renovation can take various faces, including community gardens or parks.
What you can do to help:
All of the greening that has been accomplished, as well as the greening that is too come, is built on the hard work of volunteers. At Midtown we aim to facilitate volunteers to make their communities stronger, healthier places to work and live. If you are interested in being a part of this green revolution please look at our volunteer opportunities. There is a wide range of possible avenues to help your community. If you feel that you have additional skills that are not listed, and would like to provide them for the volunteer program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Programs Currently Seeking Volunteers
Help plant street trees in the Midtown District, and bring a touch of green to our streetscapes. As a volunteer you will learn valuable planting skills, and help Baltimore City reach its goal of doubling the tree canopy.
Bulb and small plant gardening
Help bright up the face of Midtown, while at the same time increasing our oxygen. Learn to plant bulbs and native plants in various locations throughout the Midtown District.
Use your knowledge of botany to help teach the community about our good friends, plants. Work with a variety of community members to answer the question of why we need plants.
Database development data entry
Learn or improve excel skills while making an important contribution to the greening of Midtown. If you are more advanced, you can even develop a more sophisticated system of tracking information. Data management is very important to see what we have done and what we can do next.
Vacant lot renovation
Help create community spaces from vacant lots. Change the landscape of your community in a positive way.
We urge community members with experience or interest in urban agriculture to volunteer their time. We need your help to establish and maintain urban gardens producing fresh natural produce in our own neighborhood green spaces.
Graphic design and marketing
We need your help in making our volunteers' efforts visible in the community.
Learn how to properly survey trees in an urban setting, while at the same time ensuring the sustainability of Midtown's Canopy.
Midtown Green is an initiative focused on making Midtown Baltimore a greener place to live, work, and play. We help community members organize and implement greening projects in their neighborhoods. We also carry out various greening projects, with the help of volunteers from the community. If you have an idea for a greening project, or would like to get involved in a greening project please contact us at email@example.com