The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation

Urban Forestry Development

Grant Information
Categories Environment
Location United States
Cycle Year 2022
Organization Information
Organization Name (provided by applicant) California Greenworks
Organization Name (provided by automatic EIN validation)
California greenworks inc.
EIN 01-0574486
Contact Information
Contact Name Dr. Michael Berns
Phone 310-342-0119
9800 S La Cienega Blvd
Suite 200
Additional Information
Used for California Greenworks will be planting hundreds of trees in urban-blighted and underserved communities in south Los Angeles. These tree plantings also allow us to educate our stakeholders about urban forestry and environmental stewardship.
Benefits Tree planting helps by: reducing the island heat effect in cities, it helps clean the air by filtering particulates, it helps water quality by reducing pollutants, capturing stormwater runoff and mitigating flooding. It also provides physical and mental health benefits to communities who are lacking in green spaces. Specifically, we are also addressing climate equity and resiliency in underserved communities.
Proposal Description

Beneficiaries: The beneficiaries are in south Los Angeles, an area of economic deprivation and social marginalization, characterized by poor housing, high levels of unemployment, falling incomes, limited educational opportunities, overcrowding, underfunded classrooms, and crime. In the targeted neighborhoods the median age is 38, with almost one-fifth of the population in the 20-29 age group. Children between the ages of 0 and 9 make up more than 10% of residents, and 7% of residents are 70 years old and older. One-quarter of the residents qualify as “foreign-born,” with an overwhelming majority from Latin America, along with representation from Asia (7%), Africa (4%), and Europe (4%). Veterans number 25% of the population. Within a population of 6,000, one-half of the residents are Hispanic, and one-third of the residents are Black. Whites and Asians represent 11% of the community. The per capita income of this area is $23,000, which is two-thirds the amount of Los Angeles County, and median household income at $50,000 is about three-quarters of the amount in Los Angeles County. Almost one-quarter of neighborhood residents live below the poverty line. About three-quarters of the households are renters living in multi-unit buildings. While more than three-quarters of the population has graduated high school, less than 20% have earned advanced degrees, which is about half the rate in Los Angeles County.

Achievement of results will be directly measured by about of trees we will be able to plant per quarter.  The biggest hold up for tree planting is based on permits in cities.  We have had years of working with municipalities, and therefore have strong relationships with these entities, but the process does require time.

This grant money will be used specifically for the purchase of trees and the maintenance of trees.  Each tree planted will be selected based on numerous environmental and socio-economic vectors.  Most importantly will be the planting of trees in blighted communities in order to create a larger tree canopy within south Los Angeles, thereby exponentially increasing the benefits of tree plantings.  The funds will be used for tree maintenance.  After the first three years, the cities take over tree maintenance for the life of the tree.  CGW will plant this grants trees within the 2023 year.