jbinstockJenny Binstock

Jenny works on the policy team at TreePeople and has worked for over a decade on environmental, social justice, and global health issues. Her work involves making sure that local, county, and state policies advance the organization's goals for a thriving and sustainable Los Angeles. When she's not running between TreePeople's Yurt Village and City Hall, Jenny enjoys the good life: travel, books, food, art, music, film, the outdoors, and exploring and building community in LA.

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Working Together for Safer LA Sidewalks

Over the next 30 years, the City of Los Angeles plans to spend $1.4 billion dollars to make our sidewalks more accessible in response to a lawsuit brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Far too many Angelenos struggle just to move around our city. Our broken sidewalks present some of the biggest obstacles for pedestrians — especially for differently-abled Angelenos and older adults and moms. As climate change brings more extreme heat and severe storms, we will need to make sure that our streets are climate safe as well as accessible.… Read more >>

 

Combating the Drought: Channeling the Flood

The intense winter rains of 2016-2017 may mean relief from the drought for Northern California, but here in Southern California we’re not out of the woods yet.

Our new climate reality promises one thing: weather extremes. Our water supplies are unpredictable for us and our trees. Years of drought that kill off our trees by the thousands and parch the earth will be followed by times of intense flooding, like we are experiencing now.

We must prepare TODAY for the “feast or famine” of our water future.Read more >>

 

Progress for LA’s Sidewalks… and Our Trees!

Angelenos need street trees.

They shade us as we travel scorching city sidewalks. They clean our water and protect use from floods in heavy rains. And they bring beauty and pride to our communities.

Trees give us all so much.  

Think about it. Protection from hot sun and water management are part of infrastructure, and cities are responsible for delivering these services. Trees are nature-based solutions for our urban environment that are important investments for our cities to make.

The good news is that if we invest in policies that support our urban forest as a critical piece of LA’s  infrastructure, we’ll help ALL communities in LA become more resilient in the face of climate change.Read more >>

 

TreePeople says YES on Measures A & M

This election, TreePeople is formally endorsing two LA County ballot initiatives: Measure A and Measure M. We strongly believe that if passed, these two initiatives will help make LA a more sustainable, climate-resilient, water-secure, and equitable region.

Here’s how:

Measure A, theSafe, Clean Neighborhood Parks, Open Space, Beaches, River Protection and Water Conservation Measure,” provides necessary funding to build new and maintain existing parks, beaches and recreational areas in every LA County community.

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TreePeople is saying YES to Measure A because it will protect and conserve water resources in and around parks and open spaces, and it will increase protective tree canopy to shade and cool communities.… Read more >>

 

Protect your community: Take action for trees!

Have you heard? Last summer, TreePeople championed the protection of our urban trees as the City of LA prepared to launch its 30-year sidewalk repair program. Now, LA is starting to roll out steps to repair sidewalks across the region. That’s right–  over the next 30 years, the City plans to spend $1.4 billion dollars after a city settlement to make our sidewalks more accessible for all Angelenos.

A large piece of this effort will likely involve removing many street trees– trees that provide shade and cool spaces.Read more >>

 

Summer is Heating Up for TreePeople’s Policy Team

Things have been heating up this summer at TreePeople!

Policy work is an essential part of our vision for a climate-resilient future– but we can’t do it alone! We depend on our collaborations with legislators and policymakers to help the region and state adapt to climate change’s effects, like rising temperatures and long-term water challenges.

Here are a few ways TreePeople is influencing policy:

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TreePeople is working with legislators to promote healthy watersheds and advance urban greening and climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.Read more >>

 

TreePeople Supports Senator Pavley’s Climate-Resilience Bill

As California faces prolonged drought, we each have a responsibility to take action to adapt to this new normal.

To grow a more climate-resilient Los Angeles, we not only need to stabilize our local water supplies– but we also need to care for trees– they protect us from the impacts of climate change and help capture rainwater.

Over the past several months, TreePeople has had the honor of working with Senator Fran Pavley’s team to develop and sponsor a bill to protect California’s tree canopy.Read more >>

 

Nicely Done, LA: Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Ahead!

Since last summer, TreePeople has championed the protection of our urban trees as the City of LA prepared to launch its 30-year sidewalk repair program. This was triggered by a city settlement that secured more than $1.4 billion to make our sidewalks more accessible for all Angelenos.

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The way we see it, these sidewalk repairs provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to upgrade our infrastructure to promote accessibility, mobility, safety and even our city’s sustainability. That’s why we’ve worked to educate councilmembers through the process to ensure that, in light of these repairs, our urban canopy is protected, and that we leverage this innovative opportunity to retrofit sidewalks to capture stormwater.… Read more >>

 

NEW: Research from Australia to Create a Water-Secure LA

What I witnessed in Australia truly shifted my thinking. Once I returned home, I found myself waking up in the middle of the night, thinking about how to transform LA to capture and conserve water.

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TreePeople is proud to announce the release of our new report, Transferring Lessons from Australia’s Millennium Drought to California.

California and Australia share many climatic, socioeconomic and demographic characteristics that lend themselves to meaningful exchanges of knowledge and innovations.Read more >>

 

Let’s Reimagine our Water Supply

It’s no secret. Los Angeles needs water.

Even with the promise of this year’s El Niño rains, California’s drought is expected to continue. It’s time to rethink how we use this precious resource.

Think about it. We import 80 percent of our water. In an average four-person household, 68 percent of our water is used for functions that don’t require drinking-quality water– like toilet flushing, landscape irrigation or washing clothes. Yet, that 68 percent is the same quality water as the water we drink.Read more >>

 

YOU Can Help Green LA Parks!

Angelenos love parks! They beautify our city, create space for us to gather, play and protect our health. Here at TreePeople, we believe parks are a critical resource for a climate-resilient LA.

Right now, citizens like you have an opportunity to provide input on the future of our parks. The County is currently involved in a 15 month process to assess how we can improve and expand our parks, as well as maximize the benefits they bring to local communities. Community members are invited to give feedback at in community input sessions being held over the next five months.Read more >>