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

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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 >>

Two Andys, One Vision

TreePeople's Founder and President Andy Lipkis and CEO Andy Vought

TreePeople is proud to announce another Andy to our executive team: CEO, Andy Vought.  We look forward to his leadership and insight to guide us through this next phase in our organization’s history and to further drive our vision towards a  more sustainable Los Angeles. To learn more, read our founder and president, Andy Lipkis’ open letter below and join us in welcoming Andy Vought to TreePeople!

TreePeople's Founder and President Andy Lipkis and CEO Andy Vought

Andy Lipkis & Newly Appointed CEO, Andy Vought

Greetings,

Since founding TreePeople in 1973, I’ve led the organization in creatively engaging the people of our city in addressing significant challenges confronting the urban environment.… Read more >>

This Week: Ecology of the LA River Conference!

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Attend the Council for Watershed Health event, November 7th and learn about the Ecology of the LA River. Building off the success of the State of the Los Angles River Watershed Conference in 2013, this conference will focus on the biological resources within the Los Angeles River watershed. The discussion will explore the river’s verdant past, the importance of ecosystems in a healthy watershed, and efforts to revitalize parts of the river for linear parks and wildlife habitat.

The Los Angeles River Watershed includes 1,400 miles of streams, a population of more than 4.5 million people and countless plants and animals.… Read more >>

TreePeople Endorses Prop 1 and Prop P

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Still wondering how to vote in next week’s election? Read on to see TreePeople’s Board Chairman Ira Ziering give an update on where we stand as an organization on the key propositions on the ballot and why you should vote yes on Prop1 and Prop P.

Greetings,

I am writing to ask that you Join TreePeople in supporting State Proposition 1 and County Measure P on November 4th.

For more than 40 years TreePeople has been demonstrating the power of direct citizen action to physically improve the beauty, health and sustainability of our city.… Read more >>

5 Great Reasons to Vote for TreeMapLA

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We’ve got one last day before voting for LA2050’s grants closes, and we need your help to boost us up to the lead! Here are some great reasons to vote for TreeMapLA:

Reason #1:

A well-populated map can help us find our way to a greener, healthier, more sustainable Los Angeles.

 

Reason #2:

With TreeMapLA’s help, we can map and increase the watershed solutions in LA to make sure that when it rains, the water doesn’t go to waste.

 

Reason #3:

Mapping trees gives you the chance to give your trees some love.… 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 >>

Thirsty Thursday Quenches the Drought AND Your Thirst

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“Trees need people, people need trees” – if you’ve ever worked with TreePeople, you know the rhythmic lilt of that chant as well as you know the story of the 15-year-old boy who tore up a parking lot with his bare hands to plant a grove of trees (so the legend goes) and started the whole thing in motion 40 years ago.

But after 40 years, it’s about time for a mid-life crisis and with the historic drought of the past few years leaving our urban forest thirsting for water, it was only a matter of time before somebody teased the following transitive relation out of the classic TreePeople chant: “Trees need people, people need beers, therefore, trees need beers.” And with that simple idea, scrawled almost illegibly onto a cocktail napkin (so the legend goes), a revolution began and Thirsty Thursday was born.… Read more >>

Sticky: TreePeople Needs YOUR Vote for a More Livable Future!

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Recently, LA2050 asked a provocative question: how would YOU use $100,000 to make Los Angeles the healthiest place to live?

It’s a great question, and we have our answer: TreeMapLA. By continuing to build TreeMapLA as a simple, powerful, and user-friendly tool, we will enable residents of Los Angeles County to use the map to become more aware of LA’s urban ecosystem. TreeMapLA will help Angelenos plant and care for the millions of trees and rainwater catchment systems we need to make the city healthier and more sustainable.

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Intern Spotlight: Rachael Tice

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This summer, as the sun began scorching the dry Los Angeles area, TreePeople and local high school kids joined together to rescue some very vulnerable young trees, and I got to be a part of it.

I was fortunate enough to lead 2 dedicated groups of upcoming seniors who made my job fun and easy. Both North Hollywood High School and Providence High School have dedicated Eco Clubs on their campuses, but students took drought response a step further over their summer vacations by adopting parks and performing weekly tree care and watering.… Read more >>