Earth Day 2017: Community, Sustainability, Celebration

Editorial Team

On April 21, 85 volunteers planted 23 trees in downtown Oakland. When mature, these trees will provide oxygen for 46 people a year. According to some studies, one tree produces an average of 260 pounds of oxygen each year. That’s enough to support two human beings.

Trees = life. They also help create a connection to place and contribute to a multi-sensory experience, both of which are important for the success of an urban environment.

TEECOM Earth Day Tree Planting
©Jan Faye

These are all reasons why TEECOM works with the non-profit Urban Releaf alongside sponsors from the architecture, engineering, and construction industries to plant trees every year for Earth Day. This year, TEECOM and our sponsors raised $8,100 to go toward trees, drought resistant plants, equipment, and entertainment.

Our award-winning program brings volunteers together in a spirit of celebration, with DJ’s playing music and food trucks offering sustenance, to clean and green treeless sections of Oakland, California, where TEECOM is headquartered. We also distribute the leftover food and water from the food trucks to nearby homeless. The sense of community and generosity exhibited by volunteers inspires us every single year.

TEECOM Earth Day Tree Planting
©Jan Faye

TEECOM thanks the 2017 Earth Day Tree Planting sponsors:

Redwood Tree Sponsor


Ewing Foley

Oak Tree Sponsor

BKF Engineers


Integral Group, Inc.

KPW Structural Engineers

WBE (W. Bradley Electric, Inc.)

West Cal Technologies

Bonsai Tree Sponsor

Coffman Engineers

Sandis Civil Engineers

In addition, The Cummings Family donated a tree to support the event.

TEECOM Earth Day Tree Planting
©Jan Faye

See you next year!

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