Spreading the Wealth of Nature

Spreading the Wealth of Nature

Sustaining the natural world helps our communities ensure that their social, economic, and environmental systems are well-integrated and will endure.

Green space and access to nature are vital to our health and well-being. Social and environmental inequality has contributed to the poor health and economic outcomes of people living in low-income neighborhoods and in minority communities. These communities are disproportionately exposed to air pollution and lack trees and green spaces, which has influenced urban heat patterns, making the areas several degrees hotter in summer than wealthier tree covered areas of Nashville.

Promoting racial equity and fighting climate change are inherently entwined. We are addressing this environmental injustice through our Spreading the Wealth of Nature program. This program aims to improve the health and well being of our residents through access to nature.

Tree Planting

We have collaborated with Root Nashville and The Nashville Tree Foundation in planting native trees on all of our affordable housing properties in order to improve the health of our communities and to help grow Nashville’s tree canopy. Trees are essential to sustaining all life on the planet and are a natural climate solution.

Rain Gardens

We are working with the Cumberland River Compact to plant rain gardens in our communities using native plants to help clean Nashville’s stormwater, mitigate flooding, provide food and habitat for pollinators, songbirds, and butterflies. Rain gardens also provide a beautiful, uplifting, natural, and sweet-smelling environment for residents to enjoy.

Native Landscaping

We are planting landscapes for residents to reestablish connection to nature by installation of native perennial garden beds. Not only are many native plants drought resistant and relatively low maintenance but perennials establish roots that ensure their return for years to come. Where appropriate, medicinal plants that have been used for centuries by indigenous and native peoples will be planted. Many common ailments related to life in the city can be remedied by plant allies such as lemon balm for stress and anxiety. Common uses, preparation instructions, and any other pertinent information about these plants are shared with residents. It is our hope to do a part in increasing the quality of life by creating sanctuaries within the city for our neighbors to enjoy while simultaneously providing pollinators to help the bee and butterfly population.

Nature Programs for Kids

We are introducing children in our communities to nature programs so that they can receive all of the nurturing benefits at a young age while learning to love and protect the natural world for future generations. To this end, we partner with Plenty International’s Kids To The Country program which introduces city kids to the healing powers of nature and community through their summer educational programs on The Farm in Summertown.

Thanks to these organizations for their contributions to this program
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Root Nashville logo
Plenty International logo
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