Celebrate excellence in urban forestry

Join us for the party. Winners announced below.
October 26: San Diego November 2: San Francisco

2018 Award Recipients


EVERYDAY HERO AWARD


Elizabeth Skrzat
City Plants, City of Los Angeles

Betty McKenney
Arlington Gardens, Pasadena

Carlos Campero
LA Conservation Corps

Troy Murphee
Community Activist, San Diego

Kanami Otani
Green Crew Program Manager, Claremont

 

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD


Rachele Melious
Arborist & Educator, Tree San Diego

Dr. Matt Ritter
Professor & Author, Cal Poly SLO

 

S.O.S. – SAVE OUR SHADE AWARD


Tree Fresno
Washington Unified School District, West Fresno Campus Tree Planting & Irrigation

Carl Dillman & Dave Roger
City of Claremont

 

BEST URBAN FORESTRY PROJECT AWARD


Jessica Reed & Sophia Frost
Zion Avenue Beautification Project

Shawna Fakhouri
Santee Lake Recreation Preserve

 

COMMUNITY BUILDING WITH TREES AWARD


The Five Rotary Clubs of Salinas
The Rotary Grove

Amy Young, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Sacramento Shade Program

Jocelyn Estiandan, LA County of Public Health
The PLACE Program

 

URBAN TREE LEGACY AWARD


John Kabashima
Environmental Horticulture Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension

Santa Rosa Rincon Ridge Arbor Day Tree Planting
John Gauder & Lorena Hernandez
Comcast Cares Team
with
Lisa Grant
City of Santa Rosa – Park & Recreation
with
Dennis Searles, Kim Nielsen-Glynn & Mike Bertoli
Fountaingrove II Open Space Management District
with
Jimi Scheid
CAL FIRE & WCISA
with
The Arbor Day Foundation

 

 

Awards Criteria

Everyday Hero Award

Awarded to an individual with outstanding community service who has demonstrated leadership in a project or organization and has shown exceptional dedication to improving California’s urban forests.

Excellence in Education Award

Awarded to an individual, organization, or agency that has done the most in the past year to advance Urban Forestry Education in California.

Recipient must have shown innovation and leadership in creating or improving educational opportunities for either individuals or organizations. This should be demonstrated through educational materials, workshops, programs, videos, public awareness programs, etc.

S.O.S. – Save Our Shade!

Awarded to an organization or community that demonstrates creative solutions toward caring for the urban tree canopy in relation to the various threats our trees face – preserving the many benefits & services delivered by the community’s trees.

Best Program

Awarded to the municipality, community, or business that has shown the most improvement in the past year or has demonstrated over a period of several years’ exceptional leadership, innovation, growth, and, community involvement in creating a consistent and well-managed urban forest.

Best Project

Awarded to an organization or community which completed an urban forestry project that:
• Addressed two or more environmental or public safety issues
• Involved the community and/or other organizations or agencies
• Significantly enhanced the urban forest and livability of the community

Community Building with Trees Award

Awarded to a corporation, agency or elected official whose mission is not urban forestry related but has demonstrated a significant and noteworthy level of contribution to a community, region, or the State of California utilizing urban forestry or green infrastructure programs to contribute to and enhance quality of life.

Designing with Trees: Public Spaces

Awarded to landscape designers, architects or town planners, the new ‘Designing with Trees’ category awards projects that utilize the benefits of trees in a creating public spaces. Public spaces are those open to the public for recreation, transportation, retail or commercial activity.