LADWP’s Plan to Source Water from the Sky

LADWP's Stormwater Capture Master Plan

“LA is basically a desert.” How familiar does that sound?

Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t exactly true. In reality, our local climate is known as “Mediterranean” with warm, dry summers and cool wet winters. And…it does actually rain here, even during a drought, and even minimal rainfall generates a lot of water.

Sadly, due to LA’s existing infrastructure design, most of the rain is diverted into streets where it gathers pollution, and makes its way into stormdrains and rivers, which eventually flow into our oceans.… Read more >>

TreePeople Stands with Mayor Garcetti to Hack this Drought

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

Even with the recent rain, we have a long way to go before California’s drought can be considered over, with nearly 95% of the state is still in “severe drought.” That is why TreePeople is offering our support to help achieve the goals set out in LA Mayor Garcetti’s Mayoral Directive, issued in October, “Emergency Drought Response – Creating a Water Wise City.”

We believe that our city can achieve water-security in an increasingly water-variable future, and that this Directive is a bold leadership response to a critical need.… Read more >>

CNN.com: Los Angeles can teach us how to conserve water

TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis delivers findings from Australia delegation trip

TreePeople has a vision for LA’s future. For decades, our Founder and President has held a dream for a sustainable locally sourced water supply so we can thrive even with California’s long term water crisis.

Despite the city’s reputation of being parched, Angelenos have the power to create change right in their backyards by using solutions like rain barrels and even trees to capture the precious water that does fall. What’s more, the city and local agencies can also support this move into a greener future by rolling out the implementation of policies, technologies and incentive programs.Read more >>

TreePeople in 2014: Drought Action, Integrated Agency Collaborations and Expanding our Reach to Angelenos

Volunteers in the Santa Monica Mountains

TreePeople’s 40-year legacy of using nature to heal our cities reached a pinnacle this year. In response to the historic drought, we grew our work in LA’s neighborhoods, schools and homes, made headway in our mountain restoration projects, and expanded our policy work to share solutions with agencies for a more drought-secure, climate-resilient LA.

We reached new heights despite climate challenges and limited resources. All this said, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish our goals without the devoted support of our volunteers, partners, educators and donors.… Read more >>

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 >>

Reimagining California’s Water Infrastructure

Andy Blog 2

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

Photo by Evan Galeano

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 >>