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PAO's Mission is to:
"Engage citizens, government, business, and universities to establish a zero atmospheric carbon balance for the Mahoning Valley.”  
Who We Are


President- Lola Lewis 

Vice President - Elliott G. Lengel

Secretary - Diana Shaheen

Acting Treasurer - Pat Dunbar 

Trustee:  Zachary Felger

Trustee:  Patricia Dunbar

Trustee:  Lisa Freeman-Williamson

Trustee:  Sarah Thomas

Technical Asst.:  Diana Ludwig

Our History

In July of 2019 Dr. Lauren Schroeder (retired Director of the Department of Environmental Science at Youngstown State University) wrote a letter to the editor of the Youngstown Vindicator warning of the dangers of Climate Change.  Frank Bishop, who was inspired by the letter, took it upon himself to launch a new organization to plant trees to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.


The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC), Mahoning County Land Bank , City of Youngstown, Trumbull County Land Bank, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, Youngstown CityScape, Healthy Community Partnership, and Lola Lewis of Plant Ahead Ohio, and other partners announced the award of a $5,000,000 USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Inflation Reduction Act Grant to YNDC on Thursday, October 12 at 10am.

The announcement was made at a vacant lot and tree planting site on 1303 Glenwood Avenue. YNDC and project partners were in attendance to announce the grant award and project details. A tree was planted as part of the ceremony.

Beginning on April 17, 2024 YNDC's TreeCorps program will  plant trees throughout Youngstown.
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