New ACT Member- Urban Releaf

Oakland, CA (October 21, 2001)-Urban Releaf is an urban forestry/environmental non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was established in 1999 in the City of Oakland to address the needs of communities that have little greenery. Urban Releaf is committed to the revitalization of their communities through tree planting, garden projects and environmental education. They also concentrate on working with At Risk Youth organizations to promote and sustain community beautification projects. Their programs also expose youth to the various fields of arboriculture, biology, and advanced plant sciences.

Urban Releaf concentrates on predominantly low-to-moderate income neighborhoods in Oakland and in Richmond, California. To date, they have planted and maintained more than 8500 trees on median strips and public sidewalks. At the same time, we provide on-the-job training to disadvantaged youth. Since our founding, we have mentored and trained more than 4000 youth in tree planting and maintenance projects.
Their focus on trees is four-fold:
* Enhance the appearance and livability of low-to-moderate income areas
* Educate residents about environmental contributions of trees
* Provide meaningful educational experiences for youth
* Reduce heat buildup
For more information, visit Urban Releaf.