The Invest From the Ground Up team could not be more excited to announce that we’re heading to Albany, California for the launch of our fourth local campaign! Located in the Bay Area, close to Berkeley and San Francisco, Albany is home to a passionate, civic-minded community and surrounded by beautiful natural resources.
The City of Albany has an amazing offer for homeowners and businesses in Albany. At absolutely NO COST to you, the City will plant a drought-tolerant, sidewalk-friendly, street tree for you (as long as there is room)! Concrete in the way! No problem, the city at no cost to you will lift that concrete for the benefit of the tree and the ground water. All you have to do is agree to provide basic care, such as watering the tree. They’ll even come out to trim your tree when it could use a little maintenance.
Highlights of our Albany campaign will include:
A Special Summer Free Street Tree Offer: Until Sept 30th, The City of Albany will give, plant and care for a street tree for any resident and business in Albany for FREE. Signing up is easy, committing to watering once a week is essential.
September 28th – Tree Planting Celebration: Save the date to come out and show your community spirit by planting trees to create Albany’s first Green Corridor. Albany Hill to Oceanview Park, the goal is to plant one thousand trees in Albany this year. Get your hands dirty and invest from the ground up. You decide on an appropriate species from the new Approved Street Tree List.
As part of the campaign, until Sept 30th , The City of Albany will give, plant a street tree for any resident and business in Albany for FREE. The city will waive all tree related fees and will help you maintain your tree in the years to come. You get to choose from a list of trees specifically selected to for Albany climate and for residential or business districts, respectively. To get your free tree, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Your friendly urban forester will provide the form and answer any questions. Or phone Tony at 510-559-4275[l6] .
The Invest From the Ground Up – Albany campaign will focus on the San Pablo, Madison, Adams and Jackson Streets neighborhoods in Albany and will aim to create the city’s first-ever Green Corridor. Over the next several months, along with our wonderful local partners—The City of Albany, Albany Community Foundation, Transition Albany, Albany Chamber of Commerce, and Bay Area Forest Ecosystems Council— we’ll be sharing important information about how and why a Green Corridor is crucial to the health and success of the Albany community. For example:
- Businesses do better on tree-lined streets. Trees can actually improve businesses’ bottom lines by drawing in more customers, who will pay more, stay longer and leave happier.
- Trees increase property values. Simply having trees on your street can increase property values by an average of $8,870.
- Trees help us get and stay healthy. Green spaces reduce stress and its harmful effects, such as high blood pressure and depression. They also make it more attractive to get outside and get active. by
- Trees combat climate change. Greening communities is one of the greatest ways we can reverse and prevent the effects of global climate change.
To celebrate our new Green Corridor, on Saturday, September 28th, we will hold a Tree Planting event to plant some of the new trees agreed to by local businesses and homeowners during the Special Summer Street Tree Offer.
Meet at the 500 Block of Adams Street (where Adams dead ends into the California Center for the Blind, and be sure to save the date of September 28th from 9am-2pm for this fun-filled day! You won’t want to miss this chance to show your community spirit and pride in a greener Albany!
View the event flyer here.
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