Sempra Energy Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek to support an urban forestry and conservation program to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Initiated by Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek, the Chollas Creek Climate Change Ambassadors collaborative will involve residents and students in southeast San Diego.
The collaborative program intends to achieve measurable energy and water savings in the community, introduce energy awareness lesson plans and service-learning activities in selected schools, kick off new a new middle school environmental after-school program, improve shade tree coverage, and increase community outreach. Participants include more than 200 fourth- to eighth-graders from several area schools and nonprofit organizations.
The Foundation's $20,000 grant will be used for classroom instruction, project management and coordination, trees and supplies. Students will use the resources to plant trees at schools and neighborhoods. In addition to their physical efforts, participants will gain knowledge on the relationship between greenhouse gas emissions and urban forestry, home energy and water use, and food packaging and recycling.