California Initiative to Reduce Carbon and Limit Emissions
Invest from the Ground Up partnered with West Coast Arborists, inc., and the Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture in the first round of CIRCLE! CIRCLE stands for the California Initiative to Reduce Carbon and Limit Emissions.
1,350 urban trees were planted, starting on Make A Difference Day in October 2016, and in following events. The trees were planted in partnership with our local city and non-profit partners:
City of Anaheim and Anaheim Beautiful
City of Baldwin Park and the Baldwin Park Teen Center
City of Bellflower
City of Ceres and Ceres Garden Club
City of La Puente
City of National City
City of Ontario
City of Paramount and Pitch in Paramount
City of Tracy and the Tracy Tree Foundation
Veterans Home of California – Chula Vista
We also couldn’t have done this project without the endless support of local community members, Boy Scout troops, Girl Scout troops, high school clubs, collegiate philanthropic groups, churches, and local businesses, who all came out to plant trees at our planting days. In total, 1,042 community members showed up across the state to support trees and the benefits of trees in their neighborhood and to learn about careers in urban forestry.
These trees are now being cared for by residents who signed watering agreements, city staff, and West Coast Arborists, Inc.
A special thank you to our elected officials Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez, Assembly Member Susan Talamontes-Eggman, State Senator Ed Hernandez, and our partner cities’ mayors and city council members, who all came out to speak and support trees in their cities.