1. Canopy Celebrates Tu Bishvat

    Dozens of families, numerous former mayors of Palo Alto, and Canopy volunteers made up a crowd of about 100 people at Canopy’s annual awards ceremony. This year’s ceremony was held on Tu Bishvat, the Jewish holiday for trees, adding a special significance for many of the attendees. Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa planted a Cedar of Lebanon at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center with the help of several children in attendance at the ceremony. In praise of Canopy, Mayor Espinosa said, “Canopy makes sure that hundreds are planted -hundreds more than were cut down – all over...
  2. Water & Urban Greening

    Please join California ReLeaf, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and TreePeople on Monday, January 31 as we learn how urban greening can improve water supply, flood prevention and water quality. This free session will be taught by Andy Lipkis, President and Founder of TreePeople and one of California’s experts in urban greening. For complete RSVP and event information, see our flyer here.
  3. Emission Trading Program Cleared

    On December 16, the California Air Resources Board endorsed the state’s cap-and-trade regulation under the state’s greenhouse gas reduction law, AB32. The cap-and-trade regulation, along with several complementary measures, will drive the development of green jobs and set the state on track to a clean energy future, CARB predicts. “This program is the capstone of our climate policy, and will accelerate California’s progress toward a clean energy economy,” says CARB Chairman Mary Nichols. “It rewards efficiency and provides companies with the greatest flexibility to find innovative solutions that drive green jobs, clean our environment, increase our energy security and ensure...
  4. Officials Refuse to Clear Levees of Foliage

    In defiance of a federal policy intended to bolster the safety of California levees, some Bay Area legislators, regulators and water agencies said Monday that they refuse to remove shrubs and trees from the banks of numerous creeks and culverts. They say stripping vegetation from 100 miles of levees around the nine counties would cost millions, ruin scenic byways and damage riparian, or riverbank, ecosystems. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/12/MNQT1FR969.DTL#ixzz13PlS5po4
  5. Public Health & Urban Greening: Integrated Approaches…Multiple Solutions

    What: The benefits of urban greening go far beyond the obvious aesthetic qualities. Come learn how urban greening can help improve public health by improving our physical, psychological, and social well being. Who: Learn from one of California’s experts in urban greening: Dr. Desiree Backman, Deputy Director, Sacramento Tree Foundation When: Thursday, July 15 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (feel free to bring your own lunch) Where: California Department of Public Health Pine Room, Building 171 1501 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento If you are not able to attend in person, you may join this meeting via a conference call. To join, call...
  6. Decision Maker Education Campaign

    In an effort to educate decision makers, California ReLeaf has teamed up with others around the state to create an education campaign that focuses on the many benefits of urban greening. The first component of the campaign included a brown bag lunch session and an eight-page brochure that highlights the benefits of urban greening and tree planting. On October 28, over 30 people from state agencies and legislative staff attended a brown bag lunch session that provided an overview of urban greening benefits and how urban greening could be used as a viable, cost-effective solution when trying to solve water, air, and community...
  7. Congresswoman Matsui Honored

    On October 2, 2009, Congresswoman Doris Matsui was awarded the California Urban Forestry Award for Community Building with Trees. This honor is awarded by California Urban Forests Council to a corporation or public official whose mission is not urban forestry related but has demonstrated a significant and noteworthy level of contribution to a community, region, or the State of California utilizing urban forestry or green infrastructure programs to contribute to and enhance quality of life.  As an established and informed Representative, Congresswoman Matsui has emerged in Washington as a resourceful and influential advocate for the people of the Sacramento region who...