TreePeople Celebrates Volunteers!

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Did you know more than 7,000 people volunteered with TreePeople in 2014? Without volunteer commitment, we could not dream of creating a sustainable LA. Whether caring for trees on urban streets, planting seedlings in the Angeles National Forest, or donating their time to help out in our offices at Yurt Village, volunteers are the heartbeat of this organization.

19725278892_a9e724a94f_kLast weekend, we were honored to set aside time to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our volunteer community. The scope of their impact is truly remarkable.… Read more >>

El Niño May Be Around the Corner. Are You Prepared?

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El Niño may be around the corner come this fall’s rainy season, and scientists are predicting even greater storms than 1997—which flooded Southern California. After four years of severe drought, that is welcome news!

However, it’s important to ensure we’re prepared to capture the stormwater and store it responsibly. Any rainwater harvesting system starts with rain gutters and downspouts. With summer upon us, we’re here to help you get ready for fall – and what may fall from the sky. This is the perfect time to tidy up and ensure that all your elements are in good shape.… Read more >>

This Weekend: Maz Jobrani, Poetry Jam Kick Off Summer Series!

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Looking to plan the perfect date or a girls’ night out? You’re in luck! This weekend kicks off our summer series, Once Upon a Canyon Night, in our outdoor S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre.

Join us under the stars Friday night for a special ladies poetry jam. Pack a picnic dinner or a bottle of wine to be enjoyed with good company in our beautiful park with live music provided by DJ Brutha Gimel.

The night offers a variety of accomplished and diverse female poets—all Angelenos—as they share their original work on life, relationships, womanhood and more.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople : Scarlet Sobraine

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If you walk into Yurt Village on a Tuesday, you might notice a head of purple hair peaking out from behind a computer. That’s Scarlet Sobraine, one of the fabulous volunteers at TreePeople.

“Keeping the planet alive is my legacy,” Sobraine says. As a third-generation Angeleno, creating a sustainable city is her top priority.

Our Resident Forest Creature

While she playfully refers to herself as a “forest creature” and a die-hard nature enthusiast, Scarlet has diligently sacrificed her time in an unexpected role: data entry.… Read more >>

TreePeople’s Park Also Suffering From Drought

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This is—well, was—Elvis Presleaf, one of the oldest trees here in our park. After 80 years of life, Mr. Presleaf was just one of 18813838585_3399f1ee67_kdozens of trees in our park which have succumb to the debilitating drought.

Elvis played an important role in our Eco-tours. Over the past 20 years, he shaded nearly 200,000 visiting students at the Dirt Doctor Station, where kids learn the importance of soil.

It’s easy to forget how severely trees are affected by drought. After all, LA yards look pretty green.… Read more >>

Plan Brings Hope for Locally Sourced Water

Did you know that only 11% of LA city’s water supply comes from local sources? What if we told you we could increase that number to thirty percent—or even forty five—by simply capturing rainwater? Thankfully, a partnership between TreePeople and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) could make those estimates a reality.

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Currently, Los Angeles spends millions of dollars to import water from faraway places like the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta and the Colorado River.… Read more >>

Working Across Borders to Create Change

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When you hear the word “green infrastructure” what do you think of?

We often look at the same model examples: Portland, Seattle, Santa Monica, and so on. However, a recent experience is causing us to consider a new source of learning: peer to peer.

In May, our Director of Research, Edith de Guzman represented TreePeople with a keynote presentation at the Border Green Infrastructure Forum in Tucson, Arizona. The annual event was organized by the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission, which supports a collaborative exchange between Mexico and the States.… Read more >>