Join Our Twitter Party to Celebrate #WorldWaterDay

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Between 1997 to 2010, Australia experienced the devastating “Millennium Drought,” a period that brought the region’s longest stretch of drought on record. Four years in, their drought was similar to California’s current experience: overwhelming and destructive.

To learn from Australia’s experience, TreePeople has been leading the way in research to adopt drought solutions locally. In 2014, TreePeople and The Energy Coalition co-organized a delegation of policymakers and elected officials to some of Australia’s most innovative cities to learn from their drought solutions.Read more >>

Design Our Next Shirt!

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Calling all creative TreePeople!

If you have been to a tree care, planting or outreach event, you’ve probably noticed the green shirts our staff, volunteer and restoration supervisors wear. It’s a staple of our volunteer events!

But we’re ready for a new design and want YOU to be involved! Here’s your chance to become a TreePeople legend. Join our contest and submit a new design for our next swanky T-shirt.

The winning design will be printed on TreePeople shirts worn by staff, outreach volunteers and supervisors–gaining exposure to thousands of volunteers across LA each year!Read more >>

Nature: Our Best Technology

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What do Velcro, bullet trains and LED lights have in common? Their designs were inspired by nature.  It’s true!

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The Kingfishers’ ability to dive at into water at high speeds to catch prey inspired the aerodynamic design of modern bullet trains.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SCOTT CAMAZINE; CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SCOTT CAMAZINE

The tiny seed casings that stick to your clothes while you’re on a hike inspired Velcro hook designs.giphy (3)

Even LED lights were inspired by nature–by studying lightening bugs!

Nature-inspired innovation is called “biomimicry,” and it’s more common than you might think!Read more >>

Training a Green Workforce for LA’s Water Future

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Climate change research is creating wild weather patterns. Here in California, we’re already experiencing the impact. Longer droughts. Flash floods. More intense weather patterns like El Niño. The conditions seem to fluctuate week by week. If that’s our experience now, imagine the impacts we’ll see 10 years from now, and beyond.

That’s why TreePeople is a major proponent of rainwater harvesting, especially here in Los Angeles. Now is the time to plan for our rapidly changing future.

Therefore, we are proud to partner with the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) to establish a trained workforce, ready to meet Los Angeles’ need for stormwater capture systems.Read more >>

My Hope Living on a Hurting Planet

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This year, several scientists intend to make history by declaring that our planet has officially entered the Anthropocene.

What is the Anthropocene?

We’re currently in the Holocene–a period where Earth’s patterns have been influenced by natural events. Unlike the Holocene, which began about 12,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age, the Anthropocene would be defined by the collective impact of human activity.  This new period is expected to have long-lasting and potentially catastrophic results, including pollution, overpopulation, deforestation, mass species extermination and so on.Read more >>

Calling all Water-Wise Students!

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Do you know a hard working, environmentally-minded student that would like an opportunity to win a trip on a marine science boat excursion, AKA, the Floating Lab? Invite them to join the Streets to Sea Challenge!

The Streets to Sea Challenge is an inter-school competition for 7th-12th graders that challenges students to create a campaign to promote a water-wise solution in their community. These solutions are aimed to address water pollution, capture, and conservation. 

How does it work?

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Welcome our new CEO, Cindy Montanez

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We’re excited to announce the addition of former California State Assembly Member, Cindy Montañez as the new CEO of TreePeople. She will be working alongside our Founder and President, Andy Lipkis to meet the unique climate and environmental challenges our region faces.

Cindy is an Angeleno through and through, bringing extensive policy experience and deep community roots to our organization.

She was raised in the City of San Fernando, along with her five siblings, by parents who immigrated from Mexico. After attending UCLA, she was elected to the San Fernando City Council, later becoming Mayor.Read more >>