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 >>

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 >>

TreePeople Leader Peter Diep Named National Urban Forestry 2013 Volunteer of the Year

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Here at TreePeople we’re incredibly lucky to have the volunteers that we do, and we’re continuously amazed at how committed, enthusiastic, caring, and energetic our volunteer community is. We have many standout volunteers, and it’s always a privilege and a joy to honor them through our own Volunteer Appreciation events. But we’re especially proud that Peter Diep – TreePeople’s own 2012 Volunteer of the Year and 2013 Citizen Arborist of the Year – has been chosen as the Alliance for Community Trees 2013 National Volunteer of the Year.Read more >>

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

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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!

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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 >>

Drought Response Park Tree Care Campaign: Help Trees Survive

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Keeping our city’s trees alive is something TreePeople is addressing on many fronts. One major project is with the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department, with whom we’ve been working closely for years. TreePeople and our volunteers regularly plant new trees and care for existing ones to improve our park tree canopy for generations to come. Now, though, the drought has our full attention, and we’re focused on ensuring that this generation of trees has enough water to survive these tough, dry conditions, especially with parks under severe water restrictions.… Read more >>

NBC Covers TreePeople Drought Response Forum

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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?

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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

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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 >>

When Is the Best Time to Plant a Tree in LA?

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As the Forestry Projects Senior Manager at TreePeople,  I have the privilege to see firsthand the changes that tree planting and tree care events make in the lives of volunteer participants. I love watching the joy that comes over them when they step back and see the difference they’ve made.  Over time, they realize that a tree is not only a lasting physical change but a living memento that constantly reminds them of their participation in and commitment to their community.… Read more >>