Andy Lipkis Talks Superheroes at TEDx UCLA

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Do you remember the last time you stopped to really look at a tree?  They’re central to our existence, and yet we often take them for granted. We pass trees daily, without stopping to consider their many benefits—from cooling our cities and streets, to conserving water, and beyond.

In June, our Founder and President, Andy Lipkis, was invited to speak at TEDx UCLA to share how trees are the real superheroes we’ve been looking for to create a water and climate-resilient Los Angeles.… Read more >>

TreePeople Celebrates Volunteers!

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Did you know more than 7,000 people volunteered with TreePeople in 2014? Without volunteer commitment, we could not dream of creating a sustainable LA. Whether caring for trees on urban streets, planting seedlings in the Angeles National Forest, or donating their time to help out in our offices at Yurt Village, volunteers are the heartbeat of this organization.

19725278892_a9e724a94f_kLast weekend, we were honored to set aside time to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our volunteer community. The scope of their impact is truly remarkable.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople : Scarlet Sobraine

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If you walk into Yurt Village on a Tuesday, you might notice a head of purple hair peaking out from behind a computer. That’s Scarlet Sobraine, one of the fabulous volunteers at TreePeople.

“Keeping the planet alive is my legacy,” Sobraine says. As a third-generation Angeleno, creating a sustainable city is her top priority.

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While she playfully refers to herself as a “forest creature” and a die-hard nature enthusiast, Scarlet has diligently sacrificed her time in an unexpected role: data entry.… Read more >>

Plan Brings Hope for Locally Sourced Water

Did you know that only 11% of LA city’s water supply comes from local sources? What if we told you we could increase that number to thirty percent—or even forty five—by simply capturing rainwater? Thankfully, a partnership between TreePeople and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) could make those estimates a reality.

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Currently, Los Angeles spends millions of dollars to import water from faraway places like the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta and the Colorado River.… Read more >>

The Artifice of Artificial Turf

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You may have been hearing a lot of praise for fake grass in the media lately, but I’m here to set the record straight: Fake turf does more harm than good.

I’m not sure when I started hating artificial grass. Maybe it was when my beloved grandmother planted fake flowers in her garden beds so the Easter photos would “turn out nice.” For the record, I tried to pick them, and everyone laughed at us.

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But I think it has to do more with the sheer fact that fake grass, or it’s trendier name—frass—has no place in a sustainable landscape.… Read more >>

New Technology Helps Young Trees Take Root in the Angeles

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In the midst of this ongoing drought, it may seem daunting to plant new seedlings—especially in regions that have been devastated by fire. Fortunately, new technology out of the Netherlands might be the solution to our changing climate and drought-stressed forests.

The water in each reservoir can sustain a seedling for up to nine months.

The water in each reservoir can sustain a seedling for up to nine months.

It’s called the Land Life Cocoon, a product of Land Life Company, and it’s changing the way we’re looking at reforestation in some of the world’s most challenging environments.… Read more >>

Student Hacktivists Create Watershed Solutions for LA Schools

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This May, students from diverse communities across LA County gathered at Walt Disney Studios to participate in Generation Earth’s Streets to the Sea Challenge. The top performing teams had the opportunity to experience forward-thinking presentations on sustainability, as well as present their solutions to a panel of judges.

These kids got fired up!

 

Generation Earth, an environmental education program of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works presented by TreePeople, designed the challenge to inspire students to “hack” a stormwater pollution prevention plan to keep waterways and oceans clean.… Read more >>