vloustalotVictoria Loustalot

Victoria Loustalot comes to TreePeople by way of New York City, but she's a Californian at heart, having been born and raised in Sacramento, "the City of Trees."

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Sustainable Spring! TreePeople’s 40th Birthday Bash, Garden Tours, DIY Workshops

Are you ready to spring into ACTION this spring? We are! And we’ve got some amazing new helpers, too: we’ve partnered with AltBuild, the Theodore Payne Foundation, Mar Vista’s Green Garden Showcase and the Water Wise Expo to bring you a whole season of learning and proactive events to save water, harvest rain, and transform L.A.’s landscape for sustainability. Here’s the full line up. We hope to see you there!

SUNDAY, MARCH 16

Although it’s already come and gone, we kicked off Sustainable Spring with The Water Wise Expo at The Mar Vista Farmers’ Market, and it was a roaring success!… Read more >>

 

NBC Covers TreePeople Drought Response Forum

It’s rare that a short news story can give the big picture, but NBC 4 did just that last night on the 6 o’clock news. (Click here to watch the whole segment.)

The NBC news team started at City Hall yesterday morning, where TreePeople hosted the forum: In Case of Emergency, Plant Trees, which brought together more than 100 people to learn about the impact of green infrastructure on climate change and heat reduction at City Hall with special guest Dr.… Read more >>

 

Can Captured Rain Be a Meaningful Part of LA’s Water Supply?

Here’s a sobering statistic: for every inch of rainfall that falls in the City of Los Angeles, 3.8 billion gallons of water is lost to run off. In the last storm, even though only 3.29 inches of rain fell in Los Angeles, we lost 12.5 billion gallons of precious water. Add to that the fact that the city imports nearly 90% of its water supply, and you start to see how we could use every drop that falls.

So we’re thrilled that this is about to change.… Read more >>

 

The Surprising Nature Activity Both Girls and Boys Enjoy

This last Saturday, March 8, we had the great pleasure of participating in The Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair at The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. We got to take a short but invigorating hike through the Arboretum, sit in on a worm composting lesson, cuddle with adorable pups at the Pasadena Humane Society’s booth, and even see a gorgeous peacock strutting through the crowds. (We steered clear of the snake at the Wildlife Waystation, though!)

The best part, however, was having the chance to meet smart, passionate students from all over the county.… Read more >>

 

Pacoima Fruit Tree Festival Success: 800 Fruit Trees Distributed

While we were thrilled about the recent rainfall, we must admit we were a little nervous about how it would impact last Saturday’s fruit tree distribution festival at Roger Jessup Park in Pacoima. We needn’t have worried.

Enthusiasm and dedication trumped the grey skies: we distributed more than 800 bare-root trees to local residents and in the process helped create a food forest in this under-canopied community in our city. We worked alongside hardworking sponsors and volunteers from Bank of AmericaPacoima Beautiful, MEND, Felipe Fuentes, Project Youth Green, Alex Padilla, Hubbard, Holy Rosary, Nury Martinez, Disney, Starbucks, and even a few of the charming Laker Girls.… Read more >>

 

TreePeople’s Rainwater Cistern Captures 81,000 Gallons of Water

Over the course of the last week, we finally got some real rain. In fact, this is by far the most rain the greater L.A. area has seen since December 2010! Great news, indeed.

But was it enough to make a difference for our city and our trees in this awful drought?

Here at TreePeople, thanks to our underground rainwater cistern, the answer is yes: the rain helped alleviate the drought a lot. That’s because we were able to capture a whopping 81,000 gallons of water from the rooftops and parking lot at our headquarters!… Read more >>

 

Drought Conference Call: Learn from TreePeople’s Founder and President Andy Lipkis

Without water there are no trees, and without trees there is no water.

So long as this record-breaking drought persists, Southern California’s quality and way of life remain threatened. TreePeople is on the front lines working with government agencies and utilities to produce a coordinated response to our water crisis so that we keep our tree canopy and radically conserve the water we use. But we can’t do it alone.

Please join us for a conference call with TreePeople’s Founder and President Andy Lipkis on either Thursday, February 20 at 8:00 pm OR Saturday, February 22 at 10:00 am to learn what TreePeople is organizing and what you can do.… Read more >>

 

Watts Neighborhood Kids Share Fruit Trees with Their Community

Nearly thirty students in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles rose at 7 AM last Saturday to spend the day at their high school Alliance Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy, or Simon Tech, as everyone seems to call it. If you know teenagers, this fact alone is remarkable. But it gets even better. They came not to play but to give away fruit trees and teach others how to plant them. Anyone in the community who wanted a tree —  apple or peach — could have one.… Read more >>

 

Plant Some Love and Trees This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just 7 days away and even though store shelves have been overflowing with candy hearts for weeks already, we’re willing to bet you still haven’t given much thought to your Feast of Saint Valentine shopping list.

And while we’d never suggest you forgo that box of chocolate, why not do something a little more meaningful, too? This year, dedicate a tree in honor of not just your significant other but everyone you love: your best friend, your cousin, your mom — each of whom will be delighted you remembered them on February 14th.… Read more >>

 

California Drought: Survive and Thrive with TreePeople Solutions

Part of our mission here at TreePeople is to be a source of practical information and solutions that can help keep every Angeleno safe and healthy, especially in times of extreme weather and natural forces such as the current drought emergency. Even in the face of projected hotter and more erratic weather patterns, we can still move the city towards a viable future – together.

The answer lies in taking care of our most vital resource for environmental well-being in urban areas: trees. Yes, many trees will need supplemental water to get them through the drought, but trees are still key to a sufficient local water supply in Los Angeles.… Read more >>