Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is the largest municipal utility in the United States, serving over four million residents. It was founded in 1902 to supply water to residents and businesses in Los Angeles and surrounding communities.
LADWP has been funding tree planting through its energy efficiency programs since 1998. Under California law, every utility must invest money in energy efficiency and reach certain goals. Shade tree programs continue to provide a cost-effective component of LADWP’s energy efficiency portfolio. Trees save energy by shading homes and buildings, allowing air conditioners to use less kilowatt hours to keep our homes and businesses comfortable. Trees are a great investment for energy efficiency because they become more effective at saving energy with age. Through this tree planting program, LADWP is investing in the green future of Los Angeles while meeting its requirements to save energy.
The City Plants Planting Partners
The LA Conservation Corps has been one of the most prolific planters of public space trees in Los Angeles. Over the past 22 years, the LA Corps has engaged more than 20,000 young people in environmental service projects like tree planting to improve the quality of life across greater L.A.
LABT is a grassroots oriented non-profit which works throughout LA County implementing tree planting and other environmental projects in partnership with local communities. Headquartered in Hollywood, their mission is to help build healthy neighborhoods and schools through community capacity building, environmental education, and sustainable physical improvements, and to create job opportunities for at-risk youth.
The Koreatown Youth & Community Center is a non-profit, community-based organization that has been focused on serving the Koreatown and central Los Angeles communities since 1975. KYCC’s programs and services are mainly directed towards recently-immigrated, economically-disadvantaged youth and their families who experience difficulties due to language and cultural barriers. KYCC’s Environmental Services Unit programs include tree planting, energy and natural resource conservation, recycling, graffiti abatement, and community cleanup events.
North East Trees’ mission is to bring nature back to our urban environment. They were founded in 1989 by Scott Wilson, a retired LAUSD high school teacher. NET focuses on stormwater management, parks design, and watershed rehabilitation, in addition to planting trees in LA neighborhoods with City Plants.
Founded in 1973 by teenagers, TreePeople staff and volunteers plant trees on city streets, school campuses and the mountains surrounding Los Angeles. They run excellent forestry education classes and work with numerous Citizen Foresters throughout Southern California to encourage people to plant and care for trees. TreePeople’s work is about helping nature heal our cities.
The Los Angeles Community Garden Council’s mission is to strengthen communities by building and supporting community gardens where every person in Los Angeles County can grow healthy food in their neighborhood. The Los Angeles Community Garden Council (LACGC) partners with 42 community gardens in LA County to take care of the business side of gardening and give Angelenos more time to get dirty in the garden. They also offer gardening advice and workshops to more than 125 community gardens in LA County. LACGC’s gardens include: Traditional community gardens where people rent a plot to grow their own fresh produce; Educational gardens where we teach gardening, landscaping, nutrition and cooking; Urban farms where volunteers grow vegetables for local markets and people in need.
CSU’s mission is to foster the creation of communities actively working to address the inequalities and systemic barriers that make sustainable communities and self-reliant life-styles unattainable. CSU is committed to supporting and creating justice-driven community-based programs and educational initiatives, which seek to foster dialogue, and create awareness and critical consciousness.The organization runs an urban farm and The Village Marketplace, among many other programs.
City of Los Angeles Partners
As a non-profit organization, City Plants works alongside many City of Los Angeles departments, bureaus, council districts, and neighborhood councils to plant and distribute trees throughout the city.