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This project will make our school more attractive to students and visitors. The drought tolerant plants will save resources (water). We will use the money to purchase the plants (and other planting materials) and the students will do the work of planting and caring for this area.
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We hope to be accepted and receive funds to plant plants in a very public area near a very traveled part of our campus that needs some beautification. The students are prepared to work with our maintenance crew and do the planting themselves.
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Use this as assessment tool for tree proposal to increase school tree canopy
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We will be taking a field trip to a local park, and will clean up all the trash and spread awareness. We also want to test the water to see of it is healthy and if not spread awareness.
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We have already planned and collected research on what plants survive best in a drought. Now with our data we would like to plant a drought tolerant garden in front of our school for all to see and enjoy and create awareness.
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The Tree Care + Mapping event will bring a community together for one purpose- the appreciation of the neighborhood urban forest. I organized the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Facility Department, the LAVC Sustainability Department, the LAVC Associated Student Union, the Eco Advocates Club, TreePeople, Grant High School and Trader Joe's all in an effort to raise awareness of LAVC's campus sustainability. I reached out to TreePeople, a local tree organization, to help us complete the project effectively. TreePeople offered to provide tools and proper training for the Eco Advocates, a school club. The Eco Advocates club created publicity with flyers and posters which were posted across campus. Flyers were also posted around the neighborhood. The event was made into a Service Learning Program at LAVC. College students who participate at the event gain extra credit and service learning experience that could later be used on a resume. - See more at: https://www.rootsandshoots.org/project/community-tree-care-mapping#sthash.mIpvgIi5.dpuf
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The Tree Care + Mapping event will bring a community together for one purpose- the appreciation of the neighborhood urban forest. I organized the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Facility Department, the LAVC Sustainability Department, the LAVC Associated Student Union, the Eco Advocates Club, TreePeople, Grant High School and Trader Joe's all in an effort to raise awareness of LAVC's campus sustainability. I reached out to TreePeople, a local tree organization, to help us complete the project effectively. TreePeople offered to provide tools and proper training for the Eco Advocates, a school club. The Eco Advocates club created publicity with flyers and posters which were posted across campus. Flyers were also posted around the neighborhood. The event was made into a Service Learning Program at LAVC. College students who participate at the event gain extra credit and service learning experience that could later be used on a resume.
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We are building 3 bioswales to catch the runoff that is bypassing our school garden. These swales will be planted with nitrogen-fixing plants to build up the depleted soil. Hopefully we'll be catching lots of water from upcoming El Nino events (fingers crossed!) Next we will plant a mix of annuals and perennials in the downslope berms. Eventually, we would like to include plant fruit trees.
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We will map our school community identifying current uses and areas where positive change can be inexpensively and efficiently effected. For example, we will contact School District Administration to request rain barrels and downspouts to capture rain run off.
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The Horace Mann Horticulture Club will develop educational materials and plant demonstration mini-gardens in pots to take to the Beverly Hills Farmers Market Earth Day celebration, PTA sponsored events, open house and the LA Environmental Education Fair. We also hope to develop a website to increase the number of people we are able to educate about our campaign...Drought tolerant is beautiful!

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