by , 08/02/05

Trees for a Green LA

One side effect of our growing power demands is the Urban Heat Island Effect, which results in elevated outdoor temperatures and pollution from power-generated heat radiating off of asphalt and concrete.The problem is particularly noticeable in Los Angeles, where air conditioners alone generate enough power to raise the city’s temperatures.

One solution to the problem: plant more trees around your house. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has established the “Trees for a Green LA” program, to teach Angelinos about maintaining trees, and offer free trees to residents. Shade trees not only cool down homes, they also generate oxygen and limit soil erosion.

There is one prerequisite to becoming a recipient of free trees, which is a short workshop (20 minutes online or 1 hour in person) on planting and caring for trees. Once you complete the workshop, and provided that you are an electric customer of the LADWP, the city will deliver shade trees to your home, which you then plant and care for.

The benefits are clear: decreased need for A/C, decreased cost of electricity, decreased air pollution; not to mention increased property value and beautification of the urban landscape. There are thirty species to choose from and each home is entitled to seven trees. This sounds like one of the best deals around: more greenery, fresh air, cool shade, and all for your favorite price: free!

Related Posts


or your inhabitat account below


  1. LAMPS April 18, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    yes we really need two shade trees. one in the front and one in the back.we thank you very much.
    you can reach us at 323—8576645.


    Smith family

  2. LAMPS April 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I am so thankfull to know that there is someone that is so kind to even think about another persons comfort.
    we really need two shade trees. one in the front yard and one in the back yard.we have veen in this home
    for 27 years. And we have been serviced by ladwp for decades.we live at 2324 s. ridgeley dr. we hope to hear
    from you soon. I would love to belong to a garden club. I was just not to long ago telling my husband I would
    love to belong to armstrong garden club. but I am open for sugestions. Hope to hear from you soon.


    smith family

  3. Kathleen Losey November 20, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    I live in Hancock Park- 125 North Van Ness Ave- and would love a tree to replace the palm tree that died. I do not want another palm, but perhaps a white crepe mrytle or a variety of a Japanese maple. I have lived in this home for 37 years and belong to the Hancock Park Garden Club and have a good knowledge for caring for gardens…as you would see if you came by.
    Thank you,
    Kathleen Losey

  4. Lisa Salem August 3, 2005 at 12:34 am

    Did you know that Tree People are currently doing a census of trees in LA and spaces to plant them? They’re also figuring out what tree should be planted where and which trees need help or maintenance. It’s the most comprehensive survey to ever be done in this way.
    Check out I don’t think it mentions there that they’re logging data about spaces where trees can be planted but that is what they’re doing also.

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home