Building a Greener Los Angeles through our Lakers “Trees For Threes” Partnership

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PUBLISHED MARCH 14, 2015

At East West Bank, giving back to the community has always been about more than just financial support. It’s finding creative ways to align unique strengths and passions to fulfill present needs. TreePeople are dedicated to increasing the green coverage in urban communities and the Lakers have hit nearly two hundred (200) 3-pointers this season. That’s where we were able to come in not only as the official sponsor of the Lakers “Trees For Threes” eco-initiative, but also provide the volunteer workforce to transform school yard pavement into vibrant green coverage and even provide shades to students for years to come.

On Saturday, March 14th, 2015, 40 dedicated EWB volunteers from various departments joined hands with members of TreePeople, Lakers Rookie Julius Randle, the Laker Girls, students and family members, and the LA Conservation Corps to clear 4,000 square feet of asphalt and plant 30 trees at 20th Street Elementary School in South L.A. TreePeople kicked-off the event with a welcome and safety announcement, followed by a planting demonstration, then a mix of smaller teams worked together to complete the planting. Despite the heat and fatigue, EWB volunteers truly showcased their team spirit and commitment by relentlessly finishing strong until all the work was done!

According to the urban landscape group, Deeproot, Los Angeles averages around 20% tree coverage, which is lower than what our colleagues enjoy in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, New York, and Boston, and that percentage can be much lower in urban areas. That’s why “Trees For Threes” is helping create more shade, cleaner air, and natural beauty.

Learn more about the NBA Lakers “Trees For Threes” at: http://www.nba.com/lakers/community/1415treesforthrees and follow recent developments on social media at #TreesForThrees.