Sustainable Environment Enhancement Developments for Schools
What is SEEDS?
In an effort to support and expand the number of sustainable school greening projects throughout the District, LAUSD's Board of Education approved the Sustainable Environment Enhancement Developments for Schools (SEEDS) Program in June 2013. SEEDS is a bond funded program that helps create or improve existing school greening projects that directly support school curriculum. The curriculum component for the SEEDS project must be developed in collaboration with the school principal and teachers and be approved by the Local District Area Superintendent (or designee).
The SEEDS Program offers a total of $5 million in LAUSD labor, materials, and project management costs dispersed equally amongst the Local Districts - Central, East, Northeast, Northwest, South and West.
SEEDS funds can be used to pay for the District labor, material, project and program management costs to create "garden ready" projects. An individual school site can receive up to a maximum of $100,000 of SEEDS funds. Once the District completes construction of a SEEDS project area, the school and/or partner organization(s) are responsible for the purchase and installation of all plant materials and landscaping features.
In order to ensure the long-term permanence of each SEEDS project, the school site is responsible for maintaining the project both during the school year and summer break. A Maintenance Agreement must be signed by the school site principal as well as by any partner organization involved in helping maintain the new site.
School sites, along with their partner organizations can begin submitting applications for a SEEDS project beginning May 1, 2014. Applications will be accepted on a rolling application basis until all SEEDS funds are exhausted per geographic area.