Don’t Let LA’s Trees Become Casualties of the Drought

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An Urgent Arbor Day Message from TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis

As I drive through LA this beautiful spring my heart is breaking. In every street, in every block, I see trees in decline.

This is a quiet crisis, and it’s accelerating.

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Andy Lipkis spoke at the City’s Save the Drop campaign launch in April.

Earlier this month I sat in a presentation by the Urban Forester of Santa Monica. He said that after four years of drought, our trees’ ability to take up water has atrophied, especially in trees not native to our region.… Read more >>

Forbes: Why Does California Let Billions Of Gallons Of Fresh Water Flow Straight Into The Ocean?

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

LA has the capability to truly be livable, resilient and water-secure if we work together, and TreePeople is proud to partner with the people to make this vision a reality. We can adapt in the face of our changing climate, but we must support enabling policies while also being change makers in our own homes. Read on to see how in my interview with Ashoka for Forbes below:

A Q&A with Ashoka Fellow and urban water expert Andy Lipkis

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that California is in the midst of a severe multi-year drought.… Read more >>

Mayor Eric Garcetti Unveils Comprehensive Sustainability pLAn for City of LA

Near and longterm outcomes for LA's new Sustainable City pLAn.

This month, Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a comprehensive, multifaceted sustainability plan for the City of Los Angeles. The plan (pLAn) includes a wide span of measurable actions the City hopes to reach by 2035 with a special focus on the environment with an emphasis on water, solar energy, carbon and climate change leadership and waste; economic development to support local green jobs, mobility and transit; and equity for LA’s urban ecosystem, livable neighborhoods, air quality and environmental justice.

Mayor Garcetti announces the new Sustainable City pLAn in Echo Park. (Photo: Rodd Talebi)

Mayor Garcetti announces the new Sustainable City pLAn in Echo Park.

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Save Our Concrete: A Gag For A Good Cause by Director David Zucker

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Released on April 1st as both an April Fool’s Day joke and as a kickoff to Earth Month, TreePeople’s new video campaign, Save Our Concrete, is full of gags (like a nod to the Tiananmen Square tank man), and features TreePeople volunteers as faux protestors.

“Sometimes a large corporation must plant a tree,” says the actor playing the part of the corporate executive. Sign-wielding marchers chant “Save Our Concrete!” in a downtown LA parking lot, the 6th Street Bridge visible in the background.… Read more >>

TreePeople’s Fruit Tree Distributions Bring Food & Shade to LA Communities

Pecoima residents

More than 250 volunteers joined TreePeople to distribute nearly 2,000 trees to Angelenos from Inglewood, Huntington Park, Pacoima, and Watts during this year’s Fruit Tree Distribution Festivals.

Volunteers in Huntington Park prepare a tree for transport

Volunteers in Huntington Park prepare a tree for transport

The events attracted a variety of volunteers, from local community members to groups, businesses and government representatives. This year the Laker Girls were on hand to help sort new trees, while volunteers from Starbucks and Disney helped distribute the trees to residents. In Pacoima, LA Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and Pacoima Beautiful partnered to promote the event in Roger Jessup Park.… Read more >>

Committees Pass LA Councilmember Felipe Fuentes’ “Green Streets” Motion

Felipe Fuentes

We’re proud to have helped LA City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes’ Green Sustainable Streets Motion (Council File 14-0748) that yesterday was approved to move on to the full City Council.

Streets have been part of LA’s water problem for too long. They’ve been built as conduits to funnel stormwater quickly out into storm drains, creating polluted runoff along the way. Instead, streets can be part of the city’s “green infrastructure,” allowing stormwater to soak into the ground, into tree roots, and through other natural filters so that we not only lessen water pollution, but we capture a clean, secure local water supply.… Read more >>

KCET SoCal Connected: Capturing Rainwater One Rain Barrel at a Time

KCET SoCal Connected Interviews TreePeople's Andy Lipkis

Last month during the height of the scant LA rainfall, KCET SoCal Connected’s Val Zavala interviewed our Founder and President, Andy Lipkis on the importance of capturing every drop that falls to wean our city off imported water and strengthen our local water supply.

 Read on for the full story and be sure to watch his interview with Zavala.

You can bet that it doesn’t rain cats and dogs here in Southern California. But that’s no excuse not to prepare and capture the rain that does fall.… Read more >>