Reimagining California’s Water Infrastructure

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The UCLA Anderson Economic Forecast brings business and water leaders together to consider the implications for the city’s water supply in light of the drought and projected long-term water shortages. I’ve been invited to share an emerging approach that with investment, could help not only with the immediate drought, but create a substantial part of our long-term water supply.

There are big choices to be made prior to investing billions on infrastructure to help the region meet its urgent water-related needs, adapt to increasing climate threats and strengthen its economy.… Read more >>

Video: Cómo Plantar un Árbol

¿Has querido saber cómo embellecer tú comunidad o hogar, pero no sabes dónde empezar? No búsquese más- tenemos un vídeo que te enseña paso a paso como se puede plantar un árbol en tú  propio jardín o vecindario.

Estén atentos para más vídeo informativos sobre el cuidado de árboles aquí en el blog!… Read more >>

Felipe Fuentes and TreePeople bring sustainability to the people

Regional Manager Northeast Valley, Pamela Gibson teaching residents how to use a rain chain

Empowering communities to practice sustainability in their own backyard is a cornerstone of TreePeople’s values. So in the spirit of celebrating our roots this month, we partnered with L.A. City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes for #SustainableSaturday at Pacoima City Hall where we hosted a free rainwater harvesting workshop for San Fernando Valley residents. Twenty-five locals attended to learn rainwater capture solutions to use in their yards with the help of rain chains, rain barrels and down spout extensions.

“TreePeople assisted participants in assessing their properties for rainwater capture opportunities and gave hands-on demonstrations on installing rain barrels and rain chains, “ said Councilmember Fuentes.… Read more >>

Forest Aid Volunteer Helps Care for 5,000th Tree in Face of Drought

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Thanks to the help of our Forestry team and dedicated Forest Aid volunteers, TreePeople has cared for more than 5,000 trees this year! Despite facing a crippling drought, our forest restoration projects pressed on. Unfortunately, the drought prevented our team and volunteer community to plant new trees in the forest this year, but we didn’t let that slow us down. We focused our efforts in the Angeles Forest to solely care for drought-affected trees already planted.

Young tree Forest Aid planted in 2013

Young tree Forest Aid planted in 2013 and 5,000th tree cared for in 2014.


This Week: Ecology of the LA River Conference!

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Attend the Council for Watershed Health event, November 7th and learn about the Ecology of the LA River. Building off the success of the State of the Los Angles River Watershed Conference in 2013, this conference will focus on the biological resources within the Los Angeles River watershed. The discussion will explore the river’s verdant past, the importance of ecosystems in a healthy watershed, and efforts to revitalize parts of the river for linear parks and wildlife habitat.

The Los Angeles River Watershed includes 1,400 miles of streams, a population of more than 4.5 million people and countless plants and animals.… Read more >>

TreePeople Endorses Prop 1 and Prop P


Still wondering how to vote in next week’s election? Read on to see TreePeople’s Board Chairman Ira Ziering give an update on where we stand as an organization on the key propositions on the ballot and why you should vote yes on Prop1 and Prop P.


I am writing to ask that you Join TreePeople in supporting State Proposition 1 and County Measure P on November 4th.

For more than 40 years TreePeople has been demonstrating the power of direct citizen action to physically improve the beauty, health and sustainability of our city.… Read more >>

Learning lessons from the Millennium Drought, 2014 California Delegation to Australia: Melbourne and Adelaide

From left to right:  Meaghan Laverty (TEC), Francesca Vietor (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission), Andy, Felicia Marcus (California Water Resources Control Board) , Greg Good (Head of Infrastructure, LA Mayor Garcetti’s Office) , David Jaeckel (Yale School of Forestry), Leslie Friedman Johnson, Jared Blumenfeld (EPA Regional Administrator) , Nancy Sutley  (LA-DWP Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer), Gary Hildebrand (LA County Public Works) , Deborah Bloome, Seth Keiner, Craig Perkins (TEC), Felipe Fuentes (LA City Councilman) , Andrew Fahlund (California Water Foundation), Tracy Minamide (LA Bureau of Sanitation).

Learning lessons from the Millennium Drought 2014 California Delegation to Australia: Melbourne and Adelaide

Australia is the world’s driest inhabited continent, and between 1997 and 2010 it faced an unprecedented challenge. During what is now called the “Millennium Drought,” lakes and reservoirs turned to dust. Thankfully, the country emerged from the epic dry spell stronger and more water-resilient than ever thanks to policies and actions taken by its people and governments.

In light of California’s current water crisis, select TreePeople staff, including founder and president Andy Lipkis, embarked on a Drought Solutions Delegation to Australia, cohosted by TreePeople and The Energy Coalition.… Read more >>