50 trees replanted at local ISD school in Dallas thanks to Meritage Homes

Meritage Homes volunteers dug in the dirt at Lang Middle School and assisted in replanting.

Meritage Homes volunteers dug in the dirt at Lang Middle School and assisted in replanting.

50 trees were replanted.  Trees were provided by the TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm & Education Center.

50 trees were replanted. Trees were provided by the TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm & Education Center.

The replanting was intended to help Harold W. Lang Sr.  Middle School to help the tree canopy recover from this summer's drought.

The replanting was intended to help Harold W. Lang Sr. Middle School to help the tree canopy recover from this summer’s drought.

Members of the Meritage Homes North Texas office helped Harold W. Lang Sr. Middle School to restore the canopy of the trees from this summer’s drought.

Our longstanding partnership with Dallas ISD is central to the success of the Cool Schools program, and we are grateful to Meritage Homes for recognizing the value of this truly important replanting.”

— Samantha Bradley, manager at the Texas Trees Foundation

DALLAS, TX, USA, Nov. 23, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Volunteers from Meritage Homes and staff from the Texas Trees Foundation dug in the dirt at Lang Middle School on Friday—working together to plant 50 trees around campus. The event was led by the Texas Trees Foundation and its Cool Schools program, which aims to increase appreciation for the natural environment by creating experiential learning and outdoor play.

During planting, Meritage Homes employees worked with Texas Trees Foundation employees to install previously potted trees around campus while providing guidance and education on the benefits of trees and urban forestry. As Cool School Neighborhood Park, Lang Middle School Elementary had a new outdoor classroom, custom playground, seating, and walking trail available to the public after school and on weekends. However, the severe drought of 2021 and 2022 took its toll on the trees originally planted in 2021.

“Meritage Homes is proud to assist in the replanting of Lang Middle School. Being involved in housing means being involved with the environment,” said Austin Woffinden, division president of Meritage Homes in Dallas-Fort Worth. “We appreciate the importance of trees and the benefits they bring to our community, including cooling buildings and fresher air. We hope that these new trees will last for years to come.”

Launched in 2015, the Texas Trees Foundation’s Cool Schools program is specifically designed to provide green strategies at identified Dallas ISD schools. Working with local funders and supporters, the Cool Schools program is working to plant trees at ISD schools in Dallas to increase the local canopy by up to 30%. As of 2019, the average canopy cover around Dallas ISD schools was 7%, providing better play and learning areas for students.

“Our longstanding partnership with Dallas ISD is central to the success of the Cool Schools program,” said Samantha Bradley, Manager at Texas Trees Foundation. “And we are grateful to Meritage Homes for recognizing the value of this really important replanting initiative.”

Trees cool the surfaces of their environment through shading and provide additional ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, air pollution removal, energy conservation and rainwater conservation. The benefits of planting trees can add up to 15°F coolness on hot summer days in some areas.

For more information about the Texas Trees Foundation and its Cool Schools program, visit www.texastrees.org. You can also follow Texas Trees Foundation on Instagram at www.instagram.com/texastreesfoundation, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/texastrees and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/texas_trees.

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About the Texas Trees Foundation
The Texas Trees Foundation acts as a catalyst in creating a new green legacy for North Texas through the transformation of outdoor spaces and by educating about the social, economic, environmental and health benefits offered by urban forestry. The mission of the Texas Trees Foundation is to preserve, beautify and expand public natural green spaces through the improvement of landscaping and tree planting. For more information about the Texas Trees Foundation and its programs, visit www.texastrees.org.

About Meritage Homes Corporation
Meritage Homes is the seventh-largest public home builder in the United States, based on homes closed in 2021. The company offers a variety of entry-level and starter homes. Operations span Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. Meritage Homes has delivered more than 155,000 homes in its 36-year history and is known for its signature style, quality construction and award-winning customer experience. The company is a leader in energy-efficient residential construction and has been awarded the ENERGY STAR (“EPA”) by the US Environmental Protection Agency nine times.® Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award since 2013 for innovation and industry leadership in energy efficient residential construction, and the recipient of the EPA Indoor airPLUS Leader Award.

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