Concrete and Mulch: Industrial Downtown gets the Green Treatment

Coach Ron cares for trees in LA's downtown

Skid Row and its surrounding communities often are labeled with associations of sprawling concrete and warehouses, rampant homelessness, drug use and destitution. Though green spaces and trees aren’t a big part of the landscape (yet), this neighborhood is a vibrant corner of the city that offers a place to begin again to its residents who often have nowhere else to go. There is a thriving art scene, colorful community and a palpable sense of altruism here that often goes uncelebrated by the mainstream.… Read more >>

Wall Street Journal: L.A. Considers Ways to Collect Rainwater

Runoff from the Los Angeles River on Friday after a heavy rainstorm. The river flows mostly into the Pacific Ocean. REUTERS

LA is turning a corner toward being a more water-secure city, and TreePeople is proud to be a principal partner in the city’s Stormwater Capture Master Plan. This cross-agency vision is providing tangible hope for weaning LA off our vulnerable imported water supply. Though change is beginning to happen, there’s a long way to go. Read more in this story from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:

LOS ANGELES—A bone-dry span of eight months has come to a close as rainstorms finally drenched the Southern California region.… Read more >>

Sending Our Stellar 2014 Volunteers a Big ‘Thank You!’

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The third year of drought caused dramatic effects pushing TreePeople staff and volunteers into high gear in 2014. Though it was challenging, the drought gave us the opportunity to implement new programs like the Irricades. We also adapted existing programs, like our drought response park tree care events, to best counter the effects of the dry conditions on trees and native plants throughout our city. This helped us continue to make deep, expansive impacts with the support of thousands of our dedicated, incredibly hardworking volunteers.… Read more >>

Sourcing a Sustainable Christmas Tree

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Have you ever wondered what the environmentally responsible choice is for your Christmas cheer? Should you get a tree or no not? Real or fake? Rent or buy? These are some questions many of us face this time of year. No matter what’s your decision, there are some great points to learn.

Trees clean the air, capture water, reduce crime and combat climate change—they do so much for us. In short, trees are the lungs of our planet. It’s no wonder that we want to bring them inside and lovingly decorate them.… Read more >>

Reimagining California’s Water Infrastructure

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The UCLA Anderson Economic Forecast brings business and water leaders together to consider the implications for the city’s water supply in light of the drought and projected long-term water shortages. I’ve been invited to share an emerging approach that with investment, could help not only with the immediate drought, but create a substantial part of our long-term water supply.

There are big choices to be made prior to investing billions on infrastructure to help the region meet its urgent water-related needs, adapt to increasing climate threats and strengthen its economy.… Read more >>

Video: Cómo Plantar un Árbol

¿Has querido saber cómo embellecer tú comunidad o hogar, pero no sabes dónde empezar? No búsquese más- tenemos un vídeo que te enseña paso a paso como se puede plantar un árbol en tú  propio jardín o vecindario.

Estén atentos para más vídeo informativos sobre el cuidado de árboles aquí en el blog!… Read more >>

Felipe Fuentes and TreePeople bring sustainability to the people

Regional Manager Northeast Valley, Pamela Gibson teaching residents how to use a rain chain

Empowering communities to practice sustainability in their own backyard is a cornerstone of TreePeople’s values. So in the spirit of celebrating our roots this month, we partnered with L.A. City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes for #SustainableSaturday at Pacoima City Hall where we hosted a free rainwater harvesting workshop for San Fernando Valley residents. Twenty-five locals attended to learn rainwater capture solutions to use in their yards with the help of rain chains, rain barrels and down spout extensions.

“TreePeople assisted participants in assessing their properties for rainwater capture opportunities and gave hands-on demonstrations on installing rain barrels and rain chains, “ said Councilmember Fuentes.… Read more >>

Two LA environmental CEOs agree: action starts in our backyards

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TreePeople’s new CEO and Heal the Bay’s CEO have been in their new positions for barely a month, and they are already coming together with a shared voice. Their joint Op-Ed in this week’s Daily News is a call to action for a clean, reliable, and sustainable local LA water supply.

Andy Vought’s addition to TreePeople’s leadership team was announced on Monday, and  Alix Hobbs became Heal the Bay’s CEO last month. The organizations have different emphases, but both are working on solutions for local water.… Read more >>

Two Andys, One Vision

TreePeople's Founder and President Andy Lipkis and CEO Andy Vought

TreePeople is proud to announce another Andy to our executive team: CEO, Andy Vought.  We look forward to his leadership and insight to guide us through this next phase in our organization’s history and to further drive our vision towards a  more sustainable Los Angeles. To learn more, read our founder and president, Andy Lipkis’ open letter below and join us in welcoming Andy Vought to TreePeople!

TreePeople's Founder and President Andy Lipkis and CEO Andy Vought

Andy Lipkis & Newly Appointed CEO, Andy Vought

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Since founding TreePeople in 1973, I’ve led the organization in creatively engaging the people of our city in addressing significant challenges confronting the urban environment.… Read more >>

Forest Aid Volunteer Helps Care for 5,000th Tree in Face of Drought

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Thanks to the help of our Forestry team and dedicated Forest Aid volunteers, TreePeople has cared for more than 5,000 trees this year! Despite facing a crippling drought, our forest restoration projects pressed on. Unfortunately, the drought prevented our team and volunteer community to plant new trees in the forest this year, but we didn’t let that slow us down. We focused our efforts in the Angeles Forest to solely care for drought-affected trees already planted.

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Young tree Forest Aid planted in 2013 and 5,000th tree cared for in 2014.

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