Dreaming of a Green Christmas

 

(KTSF by Jessie Liang)

San Francisco, CA – Christmas is coming and people are busy  shopping for Christmas trees. For the 7th year, the Department of San Francisco Environment  is offering living, potted trees as part of the  cities “Dreaming of a Green Christmas” program which encourages residents to pick up a potted tree instead of traditional Christmas trees.

The spokeswoman for the program Jing Wah Lum says,  “PVC trees, plastic trees, are usually shipped cross the world and they have really negative environmental benefits. Unlike our trees which would be planted in the City that help increase the number of trees in the City.”

According to San Francisco Environment, planting trees could  help  reduce air pollution, prevent floods from storms. After the holiday season, the potted trees have to be returned to the non-profit organization, the Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF).

The spokesman for the FUF Derek Emmons says, “We repot them to 15 gallon sizes, and we keep them for a few years until they get large enough to plant as street trees.”

The trees, which cost $75 can be picked up from now until Dec. 20. The money supports the City’s tree planting program. The potted trees must be returned to the Friends of the Urban Forest offices in the Presidio, between January 3rd to the 13th. For more information, please go to
www.sfenvironment.org/greenchristmas or call 415-355-3700.

The City only provides 100 potted trees each year. Trees will be available on a first come, first served basis. The SF Environment advises residents to check if trees are still available before coming to pick one up.

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