Bridget Dierks, the CFO’s Director of Non-Profit Services, was honored at today’s Choose Environmental Excellence luncheon for her outstanding service on the Tree City USA Committee.
She served on the committee for several years, including one as chair, and was instrumental in starting the Tree Tag Project to show the dollar value trees contribute to moderating temperatures (and utility costs), stormwater management and other factors. She also started the “This Tree Pays” website.
The annual luncheon took place at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce as part of Springfield’s Earth Day activities. Tree City USA was one of 11 groups to present awards. Tree City also honored retired forester Jerry Monterastelli for his efforts to help re-forest the city after the 2007 ice storm.