1. U.S. Chamber Calls for Nominations

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) opened the nomination period for its 2011 Siemens Sustainable Community Awards today. Now in its fourth year, the program recognizes local governments, chambers of commerce, and other organizations for the tremendous steps they’ve taken to improve quality of life and enhance their ability to sustain a successful community for generations to come. “In this era of limited resources, public-private partnerships are proving especially successful in making their communities more sustainable.” said Stephen Jordan, BCLC executive director. “We are soliciting nominations so that we can share best practices and help accelerate...
  2. Finding New Ways to Get Kids Interested in Trees

    In October, the Benicia Tree Foundation tried something new. They gave away an iPad to get area youth interested in their urban forest. Students in 5th through 12th grade were challenged to correctly identify the most trees species within the City of Benicia. Ninth-grader Amanda Radtke won an iPad from the city for correctly identifying 62 tree species in the Great 2010 Benicia Tree Science Challenge. The purpose of the challenge was to get more young people interested in Benicia’s urban forest initiative. The foundation is partnering with the city as Benicia develops a tree master plan. A survey of...
  3. GreatNonprofits

    Ever wonder what people are saying about your nonprofit? Here’s your chance to find out. GreatNonprofits is a place to find, review, and talk about great — and perhaps not so great — nonprofits. The website was designed so that people could rate and write reviews of nonprofits in their area. GreatNonprofits also serves as a resource for those looking for places to volunteer their time or donate their money. If you operate a nonprofit, be sure to stop by to insure the information on your organization’s page is correct and use the opportunity to proactively seek feedback from your...
  4. Make a Difference Day

    Two tree initiatives, NeighborWoods Month and Healthy Communitrees, will join forces this weekend to plant 4,000 trees statewide. And that’s just the beginning. Nationwide, over 20,000 trees will be planted to celebrate “Make a Difference Day”. For more information about projects happening throughout the country, check out this article from USA Today.
  5. Urban Forest Managment Plan Toolkit

    The Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit website is now fully functional and ready for general use. The UFMP toolkit is a free online resource designed to help you develop an urban forest management plan for your area of interest, whether it’s a city, campus, business park, or any other urban forest setting. The UFMP website provides a framework for developing a plan and includes many references and examples. A unique feature of the site is that it provides online tools for working collaboratively with a group to develop the plan. Members of a project team can use the online tools...