Green Christmas Program

Publish date: 
Monday, November 21, 2011

Unite Christmas spirit and civic engagement by bringing a street tree into your home

Unique program plants trees on streets after holidays

For a limited time, San Francisco’s Environment Department and Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) are offering the “Dreaming of a Green Christmas” program. San Francisco residents can adopt special living Christmas trees that will be planted as neighborhood street trees after the holidays.

Instead of cutting and transporting a typical Christmas tree, you can foster a tree that will continue to give back to the city for generations. The program benefits all San Francisco residents—those who have the opportunity to give back, and those who get to enjoy the greening efforts all over the city. 

To order your tree, register online at www.sfenvironment.org/greenchristmas.  You can pick up your tree at the Green Christmas Tree Lot at 11 Grove St. on Saturday December 4th from 10am-2pm, or at the FUF offices during regular business hours from December 5th through December 20th.  The trees cost $75 (a tax-deductable donation), with an additional $25 fee to pickup the tree after the holidays.  Customers may return the trees to FUF themselves and avoid the service charge.

San Francisco’s urban forest needs all the help it can get. While San Francisco has about 110,000 “street” trees, we have room for about 100,000 more.  Adding trees inside of parks, backyards, and other open areas, the total number of trees in San Francisco rises to around 700,000 trees.  However, only about 12 percent of San Francisco is covered by greenery —Atlanta boasts 40 percent coverage and cities such as Chicago, Seattle, Boston and New York are in the neighborhood of 21 percent.