Three decades of planting seeds: Curtis School first grade teacher celebrates her 30th Eco-tour

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The yellow school bus pulled up to TreePeople headquarters earlier this month, and beaming first grade teacher Donna Bernard stepped out along with dozens of excited children. Today was Ms. Bernard’s thirtieth anniversary: the thirtieth straight year she has brought her Curtis students to TreePeople for an Eco-tour field trip. … Read more >>

Climate Change, Trees, and You

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If you live in Southern California, you may have noticed that we are red hot…and not in a good way. We are one of the red-colored zones experiencing the most severe impacts of climate change on the map (above) of the lower 48 released as part of the recent National Climate Assessment.

Not only have we had numerous record-breaking, or near record-breaking, hot days in the past few years, but we are in one of the worst droughts since California became a state in 1850.… Read more >>

Happy Earth Month: Tip #4 Adopt and Care for a Tree

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We’ve been celebrating Earth Day all month long right here on the blog with a few of our founder Andy Lipkis’ simple sustainable solutions — from his home to yours. So far, he’s shared his tips for installing rain barrels, his best practices for your sprinklers, and his passion for California native plant gardens.

But now April’s winding down, and it’s time for Andy’s final and most important tip: Adopt and Care for a Tree.

Andy’s been the tour de force behind tree care in Los Angeles for 40 years, but this year ensuring the well being of our trees is more important than ever.… Read more >>

Arbor Day: Celebrating the Transition from Tree Planting to Tree Care

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With Arbor Day coming up on April 25th, we have an opportunity to reflect not only on the history of this leafy holiday, but also on how TreePeople unites Angelinos for a greener, more sustainable future. Arbor Day began as a three-day celebration that involved planting trees, dancing, and feasts. Started by a local priest, and with support from the entire community, the very first Arbor Day was held in 1805 in the Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra.

For TreePeople, Arbor Day marks an important annual transition – the switch from tree planting to tree care.… Read more >>

Happy Earth Month: Tip #3 Plant a Native Garden

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Happy Earth Week!

We celebrated Earth Day yesterday, and everywhere you look spring is in full bloom, which can only mean one thing: it’s Mother Nature’s time to shine!

To honor her and our planet, our founder Andy Lipkis is sharing some of his best simple sustainable solutions — from his home to yours — right here on our blog throughout April. Andy’s first tip was how and why to maintain your yard and garden with rain barrels; his second was filled with easy ways to make your sprinklers more efficient and, in the process, save time, energy, and money.… Read more >>

Happy Earth Month: Tip #2 Replace Your Sprinklers

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Earlier this month we told you that in honor of Earth Day (April 22nd), we’d be sharing our founder Andy Lipkis’ simple sustainable suggestions — from his home to yours — right here on our blog throughout April. Last week we brought you Andy’s first tip: how and why to maintain your yard and garden with rain barrels.

Now it’s a fresh, new week and time for Andy’s second tip: Replace your sprinklers.

Why? Because chances are your sprinkler system isn’t running as efficiently as it could.… Read more >>

Where and How Do You Think LA Should Be Capturing Rainwater? Tell Us!

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Last month, we blogged about our partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to create the first-ever Stormwater Capture Master Plan and the public meeting we co-hosted to get input on the plan from Angelinos.

We hope many of you were able to attend the meeting, but, for those of you who couldn’t, there’s still time to share your ideas for how and where we can capture more rainwater.

The LADWP understands that incorporating public opinion into our stormwater capture projects is crucial to the plan’s success.… Read more >>

Happy Earth Month: Tip #1 Stock Up On Rain

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You’re probably well aware that April 22nd is Earth Day, but did you know that the entire month of April pays tribute to our planet?

Around here, we’re making it easier than ever to honor Mother Nature and grow a greener city. Starting right here, right now, each week we’ll offer a new simple sustainable suggestion from our founder Andy Lipkis, from his home to yours.

First up, Andy maintains his yard and vegetable garden with rain barrels. Why? Because in Los Angeles, only 10-15% of our water comes from groundwater.… Read more >>

Celebrating National Volunteer Week and YOU

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Happy National Volunteer Week!

TreePeople is inspired by YOU, our incredible volunteers, every single day. Your motivation and enthusiasm for our work is humbling and we could not have the impact we have without your support. April 6th through the 12th is National Volunteer Week and a perfect opportunity to take a moment to reflect on the achievements we’ve been able to reach this year because of all your amazing help.

The beginning of 2014 marked the start of another round of events for our annual Fruit Tree Distribution Program.… Read more >>

UPDATE: Drought Response Forum

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More than 100 Angelenos heard from speakers and engaged in conversations about how our city can learn from the lessons of Australia in weathering its recent 12-year drought and episodes of record-breaking heat. Much thanks to our speakers and co-sponsors Climate Resolve, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and our friends at Monash University in Australia for conducting — and sharing — groundbreaking research.Read more >>