San Luis Obispo and the Keys for Trees Program

A few years ago, I was in San Luis Obispo for the #CaliforniaWild project and I fell in love with the town almost at first sight. So I’ve tried to keep tabs on it ever since. That’s why I was happy to learn about SLO’s Keys for Trees program.

I’m sharing quotes from a press release. That text will be in italics. All other wording is my own. I captured these images during my 2017 visit to SLO.

San Luis Obispo and Arbor Day

For nearly 40 consecutive years, the city of San Luis Obispo along California’s Central Coast, better known as SLO, has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. With the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day quickly approaching on April 29, SLO is taking its title to heart with its Keys for Trees initiative.

What is San Luis Obispo’s Keys for Trees? 

Part of SLO’s strategic sustainability plan includes Keys for Trees, which sets aside a portion of the city’s hotel revenue from overnight stays and earmarks it for the continuous planting of trees. The goal is to have 10,000 trees planted and flourishing throughout the city by 2035 to coincide with the SLO’s goal of being carbon-neutral. When visitors book a hotel room for one or multiple nights, they’re helping to create a destination that offers cleaner air, cleaner water and a more biodiverse habitat long-term.

Making Plans to Visit Sustainable SLO

“SLO” or San Luis Obispo wants to help travelers plan a sustainable visit. So they’re sharing tips for how to get around without a car, and more. Their destination portal is the place to start planning. That is, after you read about my visit! 😉 It included the downtown Farmer’s Market:

Farmers Market in San Luis Obispo by Kirsten Alana

Wine in SLO

On that site, they highlight that,

A majority of SLO Coast wineries are SIP-certified, meaning they use practices that protect the people and planet.

Wine tasting is already fun. But if you’re drinking a glass produced by keeping people and the planet in mind? Well, that’s even better!Slo's Keys for Trees program and wine in San Luis Obispo by Kirsten Alana

As the press release I already referenced mentions,

While many are familiar with Earth Day, which was founded in 1970 to help shed light and correct the imbalance that humankind’s negligence has had on the environment, Arbor Day was established nearly a century before as a tree planting holiday. With the 150th anniversary approaching, SLO, a wine-growing region known for its reds and whites, has earned a reputation for being green as well.  

What are your thoughts?

Are you ready to plan a visit to San Luis Obispo? Does SLO’s Keys for Trees program interest you?

If you’re planning to visit, there’s more than just sustainability and wine. There’s also art. Check out my story on: Field of Light at Sensorio in San Luis Obispo County.


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