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  • Yucca'sProgress
    Energy-Efficiency Program Targets Residential Customers With Drought-Tolerant Trees for Shade, Energy Savings Building on its legacy of promoting energy
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 16, 2001
      Energy-Efficiency Program Targets Residential
      Customers With Drought-Tolerant Trees for Shade,
      Energy Savings

      Building on its legacy of promoting energy efficiency,
      the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
      received approval Feb. 6 to embark on a massive
      tree-planting program that will provide cooling shade
      and energy savings to all city residents.

      "Trees for a Green L.A." will enhance the city's urban
      forest by encouraging LADWP customers to strategically
      plant trees around their homes and to provide
      appropriately-sized trees for replacement under power
      lines, for public buildings and public spaces and for
      energy efficiency related to new construction.

      LADWP will provide 100,000 drought-tolerant shade
      trees annually over the next few years.

      Mindful of California's power crisis and the
      importance of pursuing renewable resources, the Los
      Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners
      approved investing $4 million annually in the program
      - one of several programs that LADWP is implementing
      to address the need for energy conservation and

      "Now, more than ever, it is critical that we pursue
      energy efficiency programs that preserve our
      environment and reduce demand, especially in this time
      of crisis for the state," said Kenneth T. Lombard,
      president of the Board of Water and Power
      Commissioners. "The more energy we save in Los
      Angeles, the more the LADWP can continue to be a good
      neighbor and provide surplus electricity to California
      communities in need."

      Through the program, trees would be available to
      residents who attend half-day workshops where they
      would learn how to strategically plant trees to
      maximize energy efficiency benefits. Residents would
      be required to pay for half the cost of the tree as
      well as for the planting of the tree. Workshops will
      be held in each council district beginning this

      Since 1990, the LADWP has taken a leadership role in
      improving and maintaining L.A.'s urban forest and
      educating the community about the environmental
      importance of trees and other renewable resources.
      From planting seedlings in the mountains of Southern
      California to cooling 82 school campuses across Los
      Angeles through its Cool Schools tree-planting
      program, LADWP has been a consistent advocate of
      energy efficient technologies to promote cleaner air
      and a greener L.A.

      "This program demonstrates the ease by which all of us
      can promote energy efficiency and improve the
      aesthetics of our neighborhoods," said Angelina
      Galiteva, director of strategic planning for the
      LADWP. "We have seen the energy-savings benefits of
      planting trees at schools. This program will deliver
      the same results for our customers, while improving
      air quality, property values and community pride."

      As LADWP has proven with its Cool Schools program in
      recent years, the benefits of planting trees can be
      extensive. Among them:

      Shade trees that are strategically planted provide
      energy efficiency benefits associated with reduced air
      conditioning needs, which can result in a savings of
      up to 20 percent in electricity costs according to
      research performed by the U.S. Department of Energy's
      Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and the U.S. Forest

      Walls shaded by trees are generally 15 degrees cooler
      than unshaded walls, so less energy is needed to keep
      the building cool.

      Direct shade on a roof can make an attic 20 to 40
      degrees cooler on hot, sunny days, so less energy is
      needed to keep the building cool.

      An outside air-conditioning unit located in a shady
      spot can operate 5% to 10% more efficiently than an
      unshaded unit.

      By trapping and holding up to 50 gallons of water
      each, trees reduce the storm-water runoff that causes
      flooding and pollutes the ocean.

      More details about the "Trees for a Green L.A."
      program and how residents can get involved will be

      CONTACT FOR NEWS MEDIA: Walter Zeisl, Los Angeles
      Department of Water and Power, phone: (213) 367-1342,
      (213) 367-3227 [after regular business hours], e-mail:

      --- Jesus Sanchez <jesussanchez@...> wrote:
      > I'm not so sure about tree plantings, but my
      > understanding is that there are
      > tree repair sessions Saturdays at 9 a.m. (the trees
      > we planted are leaning
      > way too much).
      > That's what I heard at the last meeting, anyway.
      > Dave Z
      > P.S. Check with Susan Borden and Durk on this.
      > From: William Nettles <nettles@...>
      > Reply-To: EchoElysianNCForum@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2001 09:58:29 -0700
      > To: <EchoElysianNCForum@yahoogroups.com>
      > Subject: Re: [EchoElysianNCForum] Non-meeting
      > This is not directed at Jeb. We need Jeb. His ideas
      > are always thoughtful
      > and he keeps us from falling asleep. I would never
      > write something like this
      > if it did not apply to myself first.
      > Anyone thinking they should be a leader in a
      > democracy is probably the least
      > qualified to lead it.
      > Neighborhood Councils are supposed to represent the
      > whole neighborhood, not
      > become another layer of competing self-intersts,
      > agendas, politics and egos.
      > Anyone can call a community meeting and anyone can
      > attend or not attend. NCs
      > will be more formal. Some speak at meetings but
      > many more express their
      > distain for the self appointed and the self serving
      > but not attending. If
      > you mean well it doesn't necessarily follow that you
      > will do well.
      > I think we'd all be best represented with randomly
      > selectied people from the
      > community.
      > This is not at all unusual in smaller successful
      > democracies. Those selected
      > would then be given the choice of attending a
      > monthly one hour NC meeting or
      > spending a whole day on a clean-up. Anyone who
      > chooses sweeping over meeting
      > would be required to be on the NC, those choosing
      > the NC would be handed a
      > broom.
      > I always thought it would be interesting to put an
      > announcement in the
      > LAIndependent for a meeting of people who attend
      > meetings. The only agenda
      > item would be to discuss meeting attendence. Donuts
      > and coffee would be
      > served. Who would show up?
      > Best of luck with the reconciiation meeting. I
      > won't be there because I can
      > see where this is headed. I'm not completely
      > cyncial, the NC will do some
      > good. As designed it is an excellent institution,
      > but like our city Council,
      > it requires people who are self-selected to lead as
      > opposed to people with a
      > compelling short term need to accomplish something
      > specific. This is why at
      > the beginning of every major (successful) American
      > War all the pre-war
      > generals must be fired before we have any success.
      > Don't let me know when the next meeting is but when
      > the next tree planting
      > is scheduled.
      > ---William Nettles
      > nettles@...
      > Nettles Photo / Imaging Site
      > http://www.wgn.net/~nettles
      > From: Jeb Brighouse <sandyjeb@...>
      > Reply-To: EchoElysianNCForum@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 11:37:40 -0700
      > To: EchoElysianNCForum@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [EchoElysianNCForum] Non-meeting
      > Dear Friends and Supporters of Echo Elysian NC - -
      > As we have said many
      > times over the past several weeks, it is too soon to
      > think about a
      > dialog between EENC and the RW Explorers. We will
      > let everybody know
      > when any dialog would be useful.
      > Sincerely,
      > Jeb Brighouse, Pres.
      > EENC Prov.
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