When Abundance Leads to Waste: How to Have a Sustainable Thanksgiving

Sitting at the dinner table with friends, family, and lots of food on Thanksgiving serves as a reminder to be grateful for what we have. The holiday lets us reflect on all of the things that bring us joy, happiness, success, love, balance, and fun! 

The only thing that isn’t fun about Thanksgiving is that it can be wasteful. That does nothing to support our environment. So we’ve come up with a few tips to support a sustainable holiday this year!… Read more >>

After the Fires, We Will Rebuild

TreePeople has launched the Emergency Fire Recovery Fund: a fundraising initiative that will be used to restore the landscapes of the surrounding mountains affected by wildfires that have ravaged Southern California. In the wake of the Saddleridge, Palisades, Tick, Getty, Easy, and Maria fires, our work as protectors and restorers of these delicate ecosystems is more important than ever. 

Our generous board has dedicated $100,000 to MATCH any donations in order to protect these lands vulnerable to fires. 

In 2018, California experienced its deadliest fire season in history, and this year we’ve experienced constant reminders of just how vulnerable our forests are to climate change.… Read more >>

We have a HUGE Announcement!

In order to move more aggressively to provide solutions to the environmental peril facing Los Angeles, TreePeople announced today that it has accepted leadership over the Calabasas-based Mountain Restoration Trust and its stewardship of 3,000 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains!

The move positions TreePeople as the largest environmental non-profit in the region and one of the largest landholders in the Santa Monica Mountains. The added resources will allow TreePeople to intensify its nearly 50 years of globally recognized work to educate, advocate, protect and restore Southern California’s natural and urban ecology. … Read more >>

Have a Happy and Sustainable Halloween!

Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year (and certainly the sweetest). The weather finally starts to cool, spooky movies are on replay all over TV, we get to gorge on sugary treats, and we can catch an adrenaline rush on some pretty freaky stuff. 

One of the scariest parts of Halloween to us TreePeople is the wasteful side of the holiday. 

Costumes that go from the rack to the streets to the trash, landfills full of pumpkins, and streets covered in candy wrappers freak us out more than any haunted house ever will.… Read more >>

ICYMI: An Evening Under the Harvest Moon!

We here at TreePeople are still buzzing over our 32nd annual An Evening Under The Harvest Moon gala. Over 350 of our biggest supporters joined us to raise over 465,000 dollars and celebrate some of TreePeople’s dearest partners who are working with us to help create a greener, healthier, more climate-resilient future for Los Angeles and the world.

Photo by Adam Corey Thomas

Guests began to arrive right as the sun made its dip below the Beverly Hills skyline. The golden hour light perfectly accented the hilltop setting, with our conference center transformed into a grand outdoor ballroom.… Read more >>

Calles Verdes: What Are We Up To Now?

San Fernando - Calles Verdes - Tree Care

Earlier this year, we kicked off a new chapter of our street greening initiative, Calles Verdes, in the City of San Fernando. As the name suggests, the purpose is to bring green spaces to parts of the county with little tree canopy in order to improve the health of the citizens who reside there. 

TreePeople Calles Verdes San Fernando Kickoff

Trees, especially in these hot urban areas, reduce the risks of heatstroke, pollution, energy waste from air conditioning, soil erosion, and more. They bring people together, cool the city down, provide food and shade, and create cleaner air for us all.… Read more >>

Say Hello to Some of our Furry Friends in Coldwater Canyon Park!

TreePeople is responsible for the care and maintenance of Coldwater Canyon Park in beautiful Beverly Hills. This 45-acre expanse of land is a hiking hub, a fantastic city view lookout point, and a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

The park doesn’t belong to us alone, absolutely not. It also belongs to the hikers who join us, to the students who come to visit, and to the wildlife that calls the park home. We have cameras set throughout the park so we can keep an eye on these furry friends, who we’d like to introduce you to today!… Read more >>

A Look at Environmental Education at TreePeople

TreePeople is known across Southern California for planting trees, but that’s not all we do. 

One of our most important jobs is deepening knowledge of the environment and our relationship to it with as many people as possible. This is why we have an environmental education team (aka the “EE Team”) in our Yurt Village. Their main goal is to support and empower youth to advocate for themselves and their communities around environmental issues by equipping them with knowledge, skills, and understanding of the environment and partnering alongside them to take action through hands-on meaningful projects!… Read more >>

Urban Heat in L.A.

Another scorching L.A. Summer has come and gone, full of triple-digit heat waves and a city full of overheated Angelenos. 

This is something we’ve all become accustomed to, so it’s easy to forget the fact that the frequency of these hot days is a small piece of a large new normal that our city is facing as a result of man-made climate change.

For example, L.A. is even hotter than the desert surrounding it as a result of the urban heat island effect, which is a product of the sun being absorbed by so many square miles of concrete, rooftops, and other exposed urban surfaces.… Read more >>

TreePeople Educator Joins Hal Eisner to Discuss the Amazon and Climate Change

Fires have always had a healthy place in ecosystems across the planet; they occur naturally in a process that ultimately creates more life in the long run.

But today, in the era of climate change, our relationship with and understanding of fire is changing. Now that more and more devastation is caused by humans, we have to recognize our role in these processes which can become harmful. 

December 2017 Fire Aftermath

The Amazon Rainforest is considered “the lungs of the earth” and the “heart pump of our global weather system” – it’s the world’s largest carbon dioxide sink, capturing up to 25% of the world’s CO2.… Read more >>