The city of Santa Monica, along with volunteers from Siemens Corporation and the nonprofit organization Alliance for Community Trees will host a tree planting event in the Sunset Park neighborhood Saturday, Dec. 1.
The public is invited to join and help plant Arbutus “Marina” trees, a species that thrives in a coastal climate and is drought tolerant. City officials said the trees were selected for their evergreen foliage and pink flowers, having peak bloom in the spring and fall.
The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon on 18th Street, between Ocean Park Boulevard and Navy Street. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
As the midsize community recipient of the 2012 Siemens Sustainable Community Award from the Siemens Corporation and the Business Civic Leadership Center, the city was awarded a gift in April that made the tree planting initiative possible. The award provided $20,000 for tree planting.
Santa Monica’s award application focused on integrating goals and principles of its Sustainable City Plan into a wide range of city operations, services and strategic planning initiatives, including the recently adopted Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE). Judges noted Santa Monica’s excellence in setting strategic citywide goals that are reinforced across multiple planning areas, such as resource conservation, economic growth, open space and land use, housing, transportation, civic participation, and human services.
The judging panel included five academic, community development and media professionals.
“What these communities have done so well, is use sustainability as a lever to overall community success, instead of as a stand-alone program to pursue specific environmental outcomes,” said Alison Taylor of Siemens. “This holistic approach is a truer indicator of a community’s sustainability.”
RSVP for the planting event to
trees@smgov.net.

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