ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Beyond Housing has been awarded an American Water Charitable Foundation 2024 Water and Environment grant of $20,000 for its urban forestry work.

“We’re thrilled to add the American Water Charitable Foundation to the growing list of partners who are supporting tree-related projects in the 24:1 Community,” said Chris Krehmeyer, president and CEO of Beyond Housing. “Urban forestry plays a pivotal role in fostering healthier and more vibrant neighborhoods through everything from purifying air to slowing stormwater runoff to shading homes from the hot St. Louis summer sun – not to mention adding aesthetic appeal.”

Planting and maintaining trees is an important component of Beyond Housing’s comprehensive approach to community development.

The organization is currently working with municipal partners in the 24:1 Community including Bel-Nor, Bel-Ridge, Hanley Hills, Normandy, Northwoods, Pagedale, Velda Village Hills and Wellston on various aspects of tree management.

The nonprofit offers financial assistance toward initiatives such as mitigating hazardous trees, planting new trees and acquiring essential equipment for tree-related public works projects.