1. 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...
  2. California City Receives National Grant Funds

    Bank of America Partners With American Forests: $250,000 Grant to Fund Assessment of Urban Forests and Climate Change in Five U.S. Cities   Washington, D.C.; May 1, 2013 — National conservation organization American Forests announced today that it has received a $250,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Partnerships Pave Path to Success

    Last summer, California ReLeaf suddenly found itself in the unenviable position of being the torch-bearer for nonprofits across the state with regards to critical legislation that would set in statute eligible recipients for cap and trade funding. The first thing we did was activate the California ReLeaf Network. The second...
  6. Being Green in April

    This month affords lots of opportunities for people to be green. With flowers in bloom and trees beginning to show their leaves, it’s easy to show your love for Mother Nature. Earth Day and National Arbor Day afford two opportunities next week.   Monday, April 22 is Earth Day. This...
  7. Incredible, Edible Plants Trees with Veterans

    San Bernardino, Ca (March 23, 2013) — The Incredible Edible Community Garden was awarded a California ReLeaf Grant to plant a Veteran’s Tree Garden at Cal State San Bernardino’s Veteran’s Success Center. On March 23rd, as part of the groundbreaking ceremony of the Veterans Living Memorial Garden, local veterans helped...
  8. Take a Walk in the Park

    A recent study from Edinburgh used new technology, a portable version of the electroencephalogram (EEG), to track the brain waves of students walking through different types of environments. The objective was to measure the cognitive impacts of green space. The study confirmed that green spaces lessen brain fatigue.   To...
  9. Take a Walk

    Today is National Walking Day – a day designated to encourage people to get out and walk in their neighborhoods and communities. Trees are an important part of making those communities walkable.   A ten-year study in Melbourne, Australia has found that the overall health of residents of new housing...