rmalarichRachel Malarich

Originally from the Bay Area, Rachel Malarich grew up planting and caring for trees in her parents’ backyard. As one of TreePeople’s Regional Managers, Rachel helps coordinate our work in Compton and the surrounding areas, doing outreach, educating community members, and helping Green Teams plan their school and community greening projects. Rachel enjoys good food, music, and time with her family.

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Greening Asphalt-Covered Schools: It Never Gets Old

When I walked into the school office, armed with my spray paint and tape measure, I was greeted by Jorge Alvarez, one of the Victoria Avenue Elementary School Green Team members. “Are we marking the asphalt today?” You would’ve thought it was Christmas, the way his face lit up when I said yes. “Let me come with you,” he volunteered.

We walked together, marking the corners of the tree wells, measuring, and all the while starting to “see” the trees. “Won’t it be great when the kids come out that door and a tree will be the first thing they see ahead of them on the playground?” asked Jorge.… Read more >>