1. Greening Cities Can Support Economic Growth

    The United Nations (UN) has released a report showing that greening city urban infrastructure can sustain economic growth while using fewer natural resources. The report ‘City-Level Decoup-ling: Urban Resource Flows and the Governance of Infrastructure Transitions’ included thirty cases showing the benefits of having gone green. The report was compiled...
  2. A Higher Purpose

      A tree can be many things: an air filter, a playground, a shade structure, a landmark. One of the highest purposes a tree can serve, though, is as a memorial.   Recently, through support from California ReLeaf, the Incredible Edible Community Garden (IECG) was able to plant 50 trees...
  3. Making Urban Forestry Part of California’s Water Conversation

    Water can be a contentious issue in California’s communities. With resources becoming more limited and restrictions increasing, it’s important to make sure that urban forestry finds it’s place as one of the solutions Californians turn to to solve their water problems. Join us on Wednesday, May 15 from 11:00 a.m.-noon...
  4. California Needs Urban Forests

    Ask anyone and they’ll most likely tell you they love trees. California’s cities and towns need trees, but not just to beautify the landscape. Trees do so much more!   Click on the infographic below to visit a fully interactive version on our website. The next time someone asks you,...
  5. SF Launches Sidewalk Garden Project

    Project Aims to Reduce Stormwater Impacts and Beautify Neighborhoods   WHO: The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, local non-profit organization Friends of the Urban Forest, community volunteers, with participation by District 5 Supervisor London Breed’s Office.   WHAT: Community volunteers to plant the first block-long sidewalk garden as part of...
  6. ReLeaf Network Member Receives Highest Honor

    This past weekend, Kemba Shakur, Executive Director at Urban Releaf, received the J. Sterling Morgan Award, the highest honor given by the Arbor Day Foundation.   Shakur works daily with low-income communities to plant trees, mentor young people and build neighborhood leaders, and Urban ReLeaf has distributed more than 15,000...
  7. Congresswoman Matsui Introduces TREES Act

    Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) celebrated Arbor Day by introducing The Residential Energy and Economic Savings Act, otherwise known as TREES Act. This legislation would establish a grant program to assist electric utilities with energy conservation programs that use targeted tree planting to reduce residential energy demand. This legislation will help...
  8. San Jose’s Trees Boost Economy by $239M Annually

    A recently completed study of San Jose’s urban forest revealed that San Jose is second only to Los Angeles in impervious cover. After mapping San Jose’s trees from the air using lasers, researchers discovered that 58 percent of the city is covered with buildings, asphalt or concrete. And 15.4 percent...