General Motors, Texas Trees Foundation, and Texan by Nature Work Together for New Cool Schools Campus


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General Motors, Texas Trees Foundation, and Texan by Nature Work Together for New Cool Schools Campus

Jesus Moroles Expressive Arts School will receive a new outdoor learning area and other outdoor amenities as part of the Cool Schools initiative to create cleaner and greener campuses. 

Dallas, TX (February 2021) – Texas Trees Foundation (TTF) and Texan by Nature (TxN) are proud to announce the generous support of General Motors (GM) in funding a Cool Schools project at Jesús Moroles Expressive Arts School. The Texas Trees Foundation’s Cool SchoolsTM program will provide Jesús Moroles Expressive Arts School with outdoor learning areas and curriculum to help teachers bring students beyond the four walls of an indoor classroom for instruction. 

“Through its Climate Equity Fund, GM is working to advance community-based projects that build resilience and mitigate the local effects of climate change,” said Jessica James, senior manager, climate equity fund at General Motors. “We’re excited to see this innovative program bring the benefits of tree canopy coverage and outdoor education to the students at Jesus Moroles Expressive Arts School.”

The Cool SchoolsTM program is led by the Texas Trees Foundation that works closely with The Dallas Independent School District, Dallas Park and Recreation, and various contractors to design and implement school transformations. To date, the Texas Trees Foundation has transformed twenty campuses into Cool SchoolsTM,  and has planted over 1,500 trees throughout participating Cool Schools campuses around the Dallas area. 

“The generous funding from GM and our partnership with Texan by Nature is a collaborative effort that will truly transform Jesus Moroles Expressive Arts School,” said Janette Monear, President of Texas Trees Foundation. “We can’t wait for the children to play outside under the cooling shade of the new trees that will be planted. And we are excited to see the students benefit from the S.T.E.M. based curriculum that will tie into the new outdoor spaces that will be installed.”

Texan by Nature, a nonprofit founded to bring business and conservation together, is working with Texas Trees Foundation and GM on this project, facilitating collaboration and storytelling for the project. Texan by Nature unites business and conservation leaders who believe Texas’ prosperity is dependent on the conservation of its natural resources. TxN amplifies projects and activates new investment in conservation which returns real benefits for people, prosperity, and natural resources. Texanby Nature actively seeks corporate partners looking to increase and diversify their conservation efforts. GM’s commitment to sustainability, efforts toward carbon neutrality, and focus on diversity and community uplift made this collaboration a natural fit. 

“Texan by Nature is so thrilled to connect these partners for the implementation of this Cool Schools project. We deeply believe in the power of collaborative efforts, bringing together groups to work towards a goal of every Texan being exposed to and invested in conserving our natural resources. GM is a leader in their industry, and their commitment to investing in the communities in which they operate increases not only their on-the-ground conservation impact but also their connection to the communities they depend on for their success, making it a win-win for everyone.” -Jenny Burden, Director of Development, Texan by Nature

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About Texas Trees Foundation:

Celebrating 40 years of addressing urban forestry issues in Dallas, Texas Trees Foundation has served as a catalyst in creating a reimagined green legacy for North Texas. Scientific research has driven a vision to transform outdoor spaces and to educate the public of the social, economic, environmental, and health benefits provided through urban forestry. With current programs, such as NeighborWoods and Cool Schools, Texas Trees Foundation is taking action to mitigate urban heat through the preservation and expansion of natural green spaces, made possible by tree planting. Since 1982, Texas Trees Foundation has continued to advocate for a cleaner, greener, and healthier Texas. For more information on Texas Trees Foundation programs and projects, visit 

About Texan by Nature: 

Texan by Nature (TxN) unites conservation and business leaders who believe Texas’ prosperity is dependent on the conservation of its natural resources. TxN amplifies projects and activates new investments in conservation which returns real benefits for people, prosperity, and natural resources. Texan by Nature achieves mission goals through the Texan by Nature Certification program, Conservation Wrangler program, Symposia Series, and the Texan by Nature 20. Get involved and learn more at and follow on Facebook @TexanbyNature, Twitter @TexanbyNature, and Instagram @texanbynature.