Growing Green Communities Grantee Story Highlight – Pardee Home Museum

Pardee Home Museum, Inc.

Oakland, CA

The Pardee Home Museum partnered with Trees for Oakland, Jack London Business Improvement District, Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), and Old Oakland Neighbors to create an Arbor Day tree-planting event with the Growing Green Communities Grant funding. The main objective of this project was to increase urban canopy in the Jack London and Old Oakland neighborhoods to enhance public health and air quality. These neighborhoods are located close to I-880 and I-980 and the Port of Oakland, causing them to have a higher pollution burden percentile than other Bay Area communities. With our partners, we coordinated all aspects of the project, including acquiring city permits, preparing planting sites, working with property owners, recruiting volunteers, engaging the local community, and planning for the future care and watering of our 27 newly planted trees.

Rosemary Alex, a Pardee Museum Home volunteer, remarked, “Pardee Museum Home engaged many new partners and volunteers through this grant program, which has been universally positive. Jack London and Downtown Oakland BID were thrilled to partner with us and have committed to watering the trees during the dry season for the first three years. Additionally, we were honored to have PG&E representatives participate and be recognized during our tree planting event.”

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Growing Green Communities Grant Project Pardee Home Museum volunteers planting and watering trees in Oakland

Pardee Home Museum Volunteers planting and watering trees in downtown Oakland in 2023.

Our Growing Green Communities Grant Program is made possible by our utility sponsor Pacific Gas & Electric and the ongoing support we receive from the USDA Forest Service and CAL FIRE.