Skip the Artificial Turf: The Value of Native Plants and the Truth About Fake Grass

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For decades Angelenos have maintained an image of the perfect suburban yard. We imagine homes with neatly trimmed hedges, colorful flower beds beneath the windows and a lush, green, well-manicured lawn rolling right up to the front door.

The perpetuation of this image has skewed our sense of natural beauty. Not only is that ideal simply not sustainable in our climate, but in order to achieve it people sometimes turn to what they think is a good alternative: artificial turf. In other words, fake grass.… Read more >>

Happy World Water Day, LA – There’s Hope Yet

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TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis

TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis

Water scarcity is certainly a worldwide issue, but we in LA know the seriousness of it. Did you know that California has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs?

The good news is that our city is getting serious about creating a local, reliable water supply – and TreePeople is helping to bring to it the best global models.

TreePeople has been intensely involved in solving LA’s local water problems since the 1990s.… Read more >>

TreePeople Stands with Mayor Garcetti to Hack this Drought

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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 >>

Reimagining California’s Water Infrastructure

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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 >>

ForestAid Helps Angeles National Forest Survive the Drought

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At 18 events throughout the spring of 2013, more than a thousand volunteers planted nearly 10,000 seedlings in the Angeles National Forest, all around the Chilao campground.

It was all part of the ForestAid: Angeles program, a joint effort of the Forest Service and TreePeople to lead reforestation efforts after the 2009 Station Fire that burned down 400 acres of forest.

After the trees were planted, we worked through the summer to care for these young trees and help them get through a very hot and long summer.… Read more >>

Getting Drought Smart: The Drought Solutions Tour as Inspiration

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Native plant species, rain chains, drip irrigation – and what on Earth is decomposed granite? In my quest for more information on the drought Los Angeles is facing and what I can do at home to cut water usage, I looked to TreePeople’s Drought Solutions Tour and Native Plant Walk, which is one of many resources available in Los Angeles for learning how to create a sustainable city.

This past Saturday I rose bright and early, grabbed a smoothie and headed to TreePeople’s Coldwater Canyon Park.… Read more >>