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About TreeOpp

#TreeOpp: A community innovation that transforms an environmental challenge into art and social change.

About TreeOpp

In partnership with the City of Boulder and BLDG 61 Makerspace at the Boulder Public Library, participants in Bridge House’s Ready to Work program receive expert training to turn Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)-infested wood debris into crafts, furniture and functional products for purchase by area residents.

About TreeOpp

Community Impact

  • Divert EAB-impacted wood from landfills or mulch by repurposing it for community benefit;
  • Provide expert woodworking training and paid work to participants of the Bridge House homeless transition program, and provide them experience pricing and selling wood products at the local farmer’s market;
  • Engage Boulder’s woodworking and artisan community to train community members in transforming wood into creative and practical products;
  • Create a market for locally-grown and produced wood products and building materials;
  • Promote collaboration and engagement among multiple city departments, agencies, artisans and the community; and
  • Test the scalability and sustainability of this replicable, Boulder-centric pilot project. 

Community Partners

  • City of Boulder Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Bridge House: The Ready to Work program is Boulder’s first and only transitional employment program for homeless adults
  • BLDG 61 (Build Learn Design Grow): The Boulder Library Makerspace is a no-cost, all-ages public workshop located in the 1961 portion of the Main Library.

Funder: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Knight Cities Challenge advances community innovations that create more vibrant places to live and work. From a pool of $5 million, Knight annually awards grants to cities and neighborhoods. Learn more at


Margo Josephs | Project Director | [email protected]