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Why Planting Shade?

Tree Planting Benefits

The benefits of planting trees are overwhelming, from their ability to raise an areas property value, attract businesses, shoppers and homeowners. Tree shade, when used effectively, can also save an average of $250 annually in household electricity costs. Forests and tree planting are also integral to lowering the flooding rate of Virginia Beach and the greater Hampton Roads Area by stopping the  continuous erosion of soil. 


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This may be one of your biggest investments to help our environment. Will you help secure not just our environment, but our future? Will you take the pledge?

About Us

Evan Nied, Founder and CEO

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 Evan is a 10th grade student at the Entrepreneurship and Business Academy at Kempsville High School. Concerned about the flooding in Hampton Roads after a number of storms in the  last few years, Evan started researching small ways he could make a difference. Planting Trees seemed to make the most sense and he began his nonprofit ventures thus forth. Evan also serves as the President of the Sophomore Class of Kempsville High School, Vice President of Marketing for DECA, President of the Film Club, and plays varsity Tennis. 

Alyssa Cooke, Senior Intern

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 Alyssa is a 12th grade student at the Entrepreneurship and Business Academy at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach. Alyssa is working with Planting Shade as part of her Senior Internship capstone project. She is required to spend 300 hours.  Alyssa is dedicated at working towards the goal of increasing canopy, environmental awareness, and tree planting, as well as being the liaison with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She enjoys athletics training, volunteering for local elementary schools, and participating in business clubs such as DECA and FBLA.