100 Tree Project
Trella’s 100 Tree Project is a high impact environmental program to plant trees in schoolyards across China. More than 125,000 students have been impacted so far. Trella sends seedlings to schools in time for the Chinese Tree Planting Festival in March. Trella has collaborated with 80+ schools during the two years of the 100 Tree Project. Programs occur on and offline at the school. The program has urban forestry activities, extra-curricular courses, and interactions with student associations. School hosted tree plantings involve thousands of students. Several high-impact, live ceremonies take place in Shanghai. Students of all grade levels experience planting a baby tree at their school. And now they have an opportunity to watch their Trella tree grow as they do. The 2021 festival reached over 50,000 students in China from 22 schools. And the 2022 Tree Planting Festival put roots down for more than 75,000 students in 50 schools.
In response to climate change, growing urbanization, and environmental degradation, Trella partnered with the Nature Based Solution Institute(NBSI) to host a global conference titled Reimagining Future Cities the Green Way. Science, Policy and Practice. With a focal point on China and the US, this conference discussed the science, policies, and practices to create cleaner, greener, healthier and more beautiful cities. Innovators and experts from a wide range of disciplines in the public and private sectors presented on this crucial topic. Sponsored tree planting kept the conference carbon neutral.
Trella Campus Ambassador Program: Trella has been building a close relationship with top colleges in China not only in Urban Forestry practice, but also to help with professional development of the students. Trella’s Campus Ambassador programs select top students to join Trella. As Trella interns, they enjoy a program built to help them understand the business of the urban forestry industry in China and the US. They deliver business ideas as valued members of the Trella team. The best performers will be invited to Join Trella.
In addition to growing healthy urban forests, Trella has been a dedicated educator in environmental science. In partnership with IvyOnline, Trella has created a series of online courses that tailor to Chinese students. The series of courses known as the Trella Green Series provide students with an affordable way to learn about environmental science and conduct hands-on research. Some of the past topics includes: “Eco-Solutions: Smart Greenhouse” and “Seeds and Trees”. In the future, Trella will continue to develop more engaging courses and provide high-quality materials for the online platform. As educators, Trella has planted seeds of scientific discovery and environmental protection in the hearts of these young scholars.
Art & Nature
Trella has been dedicated to exhibiting art inspired by nature and providing a space for all to reflect on nature through art. Through the Trella Art project, people can create, share, and appreciate the nature around them and express what inspires them about nature through a variety of art forms. For Earth Day 2021, Trella hosted an online art contest with the theme of “Restore Our Earth”. This art competition received over 300 artworks created by people of all ages from around the world. Trella selected 50 artworks from this competition and created a 3-D immersive online art exhibition to showcase the beauty of nature through each of the artists’ eyes. Combining technology, art, and nature, Trella has created a platform where artistic creation and appreciation for nature are fully celebrated. Given the immense popularity of the 2021 art competition and the virtual museum, Trella anticipates organizing more future art x nature events and activities.
- Trillion TreesThis summer England experienced its highest temperatures ever. This spring, the Indian subcontinent’s month-long heatwave saw records shattered. Last year in Oregon, where I live, we shot past our all-time record high not by a degree or two but by 10°F. The planet is cooking. Is planting a trillion trees a reasonable approach to a solution? …
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- Trella’s Restoration GuidelinesAt Trella, we carefully plan our tree plantings. Our projects aren’t successful unless they capture carbon with positive impacts on biodiversity, landscapes and livelihoods. Poorly planned and executed tree projects lead to the opposite – increasing undesirable outcomes. Rules have been put forward to promote practices to ensure that both carbon sequestration and biodiversity are maximized while livelihoods are improved. …
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- Forest Restoration and ESG PolicyESG policy too often relies on faulty understanding of complex biological terms, rules, and events. Reforestation, or forest recovery, is distinct from afforestation. Afforestation plants trees in areas where the native ecosystem does not normally support forest growth. This means afforestation can be a destructive activity. Reforestation grows forests where forests once grew naturally. It is regenerating a new version of what once was. Here we put forward the outcomes we can expect from a successful forestry project. …
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