Colonial Townhouses Cooperative Awarded for Its “Growing Colonial” Tree Planting Project
by Vicki Miller, President
Colonial Townhouses Cooperative
Colonial Townhouses Cooperative is a non-profit cooperative housing corporation built in
1963-1964 which is owned solely by its housing members. We provide homes for 248 households, many of whom have called Colonial home for over 40 years. We are located in Lansing’s south side on 19 acres of well-kept lawns, manicured trees, beautiful shrubs and flowers.
Colonial has had a long history and commitment of planting trees for their beauty, for the environment and for the enjoyment of our Members. As far back as 1964 Colonial’s Board of Directors voted to purchase flowers for the beautification of our property and have continued to hold annual Beautification Day contests, as well as hosting many Arbor Day celebrations to plant new trees.
After losing many city trees to the ash borer we sought opportunities available to
enhance the city right of way on our property by taking part in the City of Lansing’s Tree Planting Partnership in 2014. Through collaboration with Paul Dykema, Assistant Superintendent of Public Service and Lansing’s Forestry Program, 20 locations were found in need of trees and Colonial paid 50% of the cost of these trees.
We were fortunate again to obtain a grant for 15 city trees through ReLeaf Michigan with the help of Irene Cahill with the City of Lansing Forestry Department. ReLeaf Michigan is a statewide nonprofit organization focused on community tree plantings to benefit our air, water and soil.
Many volunteers came out from Colonial Townhouses Membership, employees, relatives, forestry department and neighboring communities on a rainy Saturday to help plant these trees for the betterment of our environment. A true cooperative effort.
Colonial Townhouses Cooperative now has the honor of our “Growing Colonial” project
receiving the 2017 Air Quality Pillar Award with ReLeaf Michigan from the Mid-Michigan
Environmental Action Council. MidMEAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving Ingham, Eaton, and
Clinton counties that works to translate environmental concerns into action through education, advocacy, and volunteer opportunities. Mid-MEAC is focused on river protection, green transportation, land use and sustainability.