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City 'gives back' with planting ceremony
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Richmond Hill city officials and Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation members plant a live oak Friday during an Earth Day ceremony at the City Center. (Lori Wynn)

Nothing says “happy Earth Day” quite like putting a few trees in the ground. And that’s exactly what happened Friday when Richmond Hill city officials and the Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation came together to plant a live oak and five dogwoods on the City Center grounds.

Kermit Griffin, executive chef and director of the City Center, noted the importance of commemorating Earth Day, which was Friday.

“We’re giving back to the earth – Mother Earth – that give us so much,” he told attendees, including Richmond Hill Mayor Harold

Fowler, City Council members Marilyn Hodges and Van Hunter and City Manager Mike Melton.

Fowler said the tree planting is all part of the theme of the City Center, which is LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
That means the City Center adheres to the stringent standards for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and innovative design. The facility also uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and provides a healthier environment for guests.

Fowler also said he’d promised during his campaign for mayor almost two years ago to focus on planting trees and shrubs to help “enhance the looks of the city.” And the Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation has helped him keep that promise, Fowler said.

“I thank the Bryan Tree Foundation for all they do for Richmond Hill,” he said.

For more, pick up a copy of the April 23 edition of the News.

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