1. California ReLeaf Honored as 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit

    CALIFORNIA RELEAF HONORED AS 2013 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT New GreatNonprofits.org Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews   Sacramento, California, November 1, 2013 – California ReLeaf announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.   “We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2013 Nonprofit,” says Joe Liszewski, Executive Director of California ReLeaf.  We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including working with over 80 local nonprofit and community groups as part of the California ReLeaf Network and planting and caring for 2,000 trees...
  2. Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program Releases Updated Draft Guidelines

    The Strategic Growth Council has released draft guidelines for the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentives Program, which offers grants to cities, counties, and designated regional agencies to promote sustainable community planning and natural resource conservation. This draft includes substantial changes to how applications are assessed.   Below is a summary of the proposed changes. For more details on these explanations, please see the Workshop Draft.   Strongly prioritize greenhouse gas emission reduction projects. Measure progress with actionable and valuable indicators based on reliable quantifiable or qualitative data. Prioritize project implementation by focusing on projects likely to be implemented in...
  3. 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 trees in total. When she saw that no one else was planting trees in her west Oakland neighborhood, Kemba started to plant them herself. She continued planting in her front yard, on her block, in her neighborhood and eventually throughout the City of Oakland.   Shakur has also made long-term...
  4. We’ll Drink to That!

    This year, Barefoot Wineries has created a new wine called “Impressions” to celebrate the work that nonprofits to to strengthen our communities. Each bottle will feature a “Sole of the Year”.   We’re proud to say that the founder of Urban Releaf, a California ReLeaf Network member, is one of those “soles”!   Kemba Shakur founded Urban Releaf in Oakland. Since 1998, they’ve planted more than 15,000 trees. We’re proud to call them members and happy to see urban forestry identified as a great cause to change communities.   Congratulations, Kemba! We know you’ll continue to make a difference in...
  5. Goleta Valley Beautiful Seeking Nominations for 2013 Awards

    Goleta Valley Beautiful is seeking nominations for their 2013 Annual Awards.  The awards recognize projects in the Goleta Valley which promote beautification and sustainability, further community pride, and contribute positively to a diverse and healthy urban forest. Nominations for awards are open to everyone, including self-nominations, and you do not need to be a member of Goleta Valley Beautiful to nominate a property or project. Award Categories include Single Family Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Public Building or Educational Facility, Favorite Tree, Public Park or Open Space, Commercial, and Farm or Orchard. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2013. Award winners...
  6. California ReLeaf Honored as 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit

    CALIFORNIA RELEAF HONORED AS 2012 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT New GreatNonprofits.org Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews   Sacramento, CA December 4, 2012 – California ReLeaf announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2012 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.   “We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2012 Nonprofit,” says Joe Liszewski, Executive Director, California ReLeaf.  We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including supporting local organizations and projects throughout the state, resulting in 90,000 trees planted and maintained, and over 380 local jobs created.  In addition, we assisted...
  7. USDA Forest Service Chief Visits Oakland

    USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell visited Oakland on Monday, August 20 to present a check for $181,000 to Oakland ReLeaf to support their Green Street Research, Demonstration and Education Project as well as tree planting and maintenance throughout the city of Oakland.   To see even more pictures of the event, visit California ReLeaf’s Facebook page.
  8. University of Redlands Named Tree Campus USA

    University of Redlands named Tree Campus Ed Castro, Staff Writer The Sun   REDLANDS – The University of Redlands received nationwide recognition for embracing five standards that focused on campus tree care and community involvement.   For its efforts, U of R earned Tree Campus USA recognition for the third straight year for its dedication to forestry management and environmental stewardship, according to the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation.   The five standards included: establishment of a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor...
  9. Network Well-Represented in SGC Grant Awardees

    Multiple members of the California ReLeaf Network were awarded more than $4.5 million in grant funding from the Strategic Growth Council last week to support urban greening projects and planning in the Central Valley and Southern California.   Numerous Network groups will be utilizing urban greening project funds to develop green space at several schools and schoolyards in California by replacing asphalt and concrete with permeable surfaces, bioswales, low mow/low maintenance grasses, gardens, native landscaping, understory and shade trees. Award recipients included the LA Conservation Corps, Hollywood Beautification Team and the Sacramento Tree Foundation.   In addition, TreePeople and North...