BY BRIANNA KNIBBS
Actress and activist Susan Sarandon and the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) will plant 20 fruit trees at the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) South Jamaica Houses on May 5.
The Oscar-winning actress said that the planting event was inspired by NYC Film Green, an initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment with a mission to create a culture of sustainable production on film and television sets throughout New York City.
“I wanted to find an opportunity for the TV and film industry to give back to a city that has given so much to us,” said Sarandon. “What better way to help offset our carbon footprint than trees? And for a community to have their own fruit trees is so beautiful.”
Fruit trees that will be planted at South Jamaica Houses include apple, pear and fig.
“When Susan came to us with the idea to plant fruit trees around the city, we were absolutely thrilled. Reaching out to NYRP was the logical next step,” said Julie Menin, the commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. “This idea fits perfectly with NYC Film Green program, the first government-sponsored sustainable program in the country that is inspiring more and more TV series and film productions shooting in New York City to go green.”
In 2015, the NYRP helped South Jamaica Houses to transform a small garden into a large community space through the Gardens for the City program, through which residents can grow their own fruits and vegetables.
Other celebrities from the film and TV industry who have taken part in the Film and Television Orchard initiative to plant fruit trees around the city include Ryan Murphy, Ben Stiller, Jimmy and Nancy Fallon, Edward Norton, Bette Midler, Naomi Watts and Whoopi Goldberg.
The tree planting event will take place at 10:30 a.m. at 108-26 159th St. in Jamaica.