TreePeople’s Fruit Tree Distributions Bring Food & Shade to LA Communities

Pecoima residents

More than 250 volunteers joined TreePeople to distribute nearly 2,000 trees to Angelenos from Inglewood, Huntington Park, Pacoima, and Watts during this year’s Fruit Tree Distribution Festivals.

Volunteers in Huntington Park prepare a tree for transport

Volunteers in Huntington Park prepare a tree for transport

The events attracted a variety of volunteers, from local community members to groups, businesses and government representatives. This year the Laker Girls were on hand to help sort new trees, while volunteers from Starbucks and Disney helped distribute the trees to residents. In Pacoima, LA Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and Pacoima Beautiful partnered to promote the event in Roger Jessup Park.… Read more >>

Victory for a More Climate-Resilient LA: Fuentes and Bonin’s Motion Approved by City Council

LA Councilmember Felipe Fuentes

Today, by unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Council made a major move towards becoming a more climate-resilient city. Not only does LA face a current drought and worsening long-term water shortages, but we also are experiencing increased storm intensity and flooding when it does rain. Thanks to today’s passage of City Council members Felipe Fuentes and Mike Bonin’s motion on stormwater management guidelines for public street construction and reconstruction, LA will begin to adapt its public street and related infrastructure to capture the rain instead of sending it out to sea.… Read more >>

New LA Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance Takes Its First Steps at TreePeople Center

TreePeople hosts first meeting of LA's Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance

TreePeople has always imagined our conference center here at Coldwater Canyon Park as a space that fosters important conversations around sustainability. Over the years, it has held a host of events including a State Assembly Committee hearing, collaborative discussions on infrastructure, to name a couple. Last Saturday’s event, the kick-off forum for the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance, was very special to me.

Neighborhood Councils are a unique concept created to help solve many of the Los Angeles “big city” issues. Created in 2003, there are now 96 neighborhood councils, led by volunteers to ensure their communities receive the services they need and that the City government is responsive to their desires.… Read more >>

Boys and Girls Club Youth Care for Local Park Trees


Engaging youth is a cornerstone of TreePeople’s values, dating back to when our founder Andy Lipkis started replanting forests at just 15 years old. In the spirit of our roots, we offered a group of teens from a local Boys and Girls Club a series of workshops leading up to a tree care event in Penmar Park in Santa Monica on February 23rd.

Boys and Girls CLub Tree Care Event in Penmark Park

Boys and Girls Club teens at a TreePeople tree care event in Penmar Park, February 23rd, 2015.


What Small Stowaway is Killing California’s Trees?

polyphagous shot hole borer

Have you ever heard of a little beetle named the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB)? Despite their small size, these little terrors (stowed away from Asia) are now packing a big punch, killing trees in droves in Southern California.

How Trees Die

Pregnant female beetles attack hundreds of tree species, boring under the bark and depositing fungi namely Fusarium euwallacae along the way to feed their young. The fungi cause a disease in some trees called Fusarium Dieback, which is lethal.… Read more >>

Committees Pass LA Councilmember Felipe Fuentes’ “Green Streets” Motion

Felipe Fuentes

We’re proud to have helped LA City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes’ Green Sustainable Streets Motion (Council File 14-0748) that yesterday was approved to move on to the full City Council.

Streets have been part of LA’s water problem for too long. They’ve been built as conduits to funnel stormwater quickly out into storm drains, creating polluted runoff along the way. Instead, streets can be part of the city’s “green infrastructure,” allowing stormwater to soak into the ground, into tree roots, and through other natural filters so that we not only lessen water pollution, but we capture a clean, secure local water supply.… Read more >>

KCET SoCal Connected: Capturing Rainwater One Rain Barrel at a Time

KCET SoCal Connected Interviews TreePeople's Andy Lipkis

Last month during the height of the scant LA rainfall, KCET SoCal Connected’s Val Zavala interviewed our Founder and President, Andy Lipkis on the importance of capturing every drop that falls to wean our city off imported water and strengthen our local water supply.

 Read on for the full story and be sure to watch his interview with Zavala.

You can bet that it doesn’t rain cats and dogs here in Southern California. But that’s no excuse not to prepare and capture the rain that does fall.… Read more >>