Many of us know how it feels to have an irrepressible urge to do good but not know exactly what to do with that energy. With all of the challenges our world faces — from social inequity to climate change — how do we make sure our actions bring about the most good? How do we know whether the ways we choose to spend our limited time, our precious energy, and our hard-earned dollars will leave the world a better place?… Read more >>
On July 24 & 25, 2019 TreePeople held a super fun and successful two-day Professional Development workshop for Los Angeles County Middle and High School teachers interested in engaging their students to be an active part of the solution to environmental issues through hands-on service learning projects.
Through Los Angeles County Public Works Generation Earth program, TreePeople is able to offer teachers expert topic information, project ideas, resources, and toolkits that will guide teachers to implementing a campus or community eco-project from A – Z.… Read more >>
TreePeople’s gorgeous nursery is pristine. Its manager, Jack Smith, runs a tight ship in order to keep the plants inside safe and protected. Those who enter must pass through a massive enclosure and wash their shoes in order to even go near the plants. This keeps deer, many herbivorous insects, and plant pathogens like Phytophthora from causing harm to our saplings.
Phytophthora (pronounced Fie-TOF-ther-uh) literally translates from Greek to “plant destroyer,” so we have good reason to do what we can to keep it out of the nursery.… Read more >>
As your garden evolves from a typical lawn-centered landscape to one that is more sustainable and appropriate to our southern California climate, it is important that the maintenance of your yard shifts to accommodate the new landscape. Sometimes this involves working with your gardener to better understand the needs of your garden.
Some helpful tips to consider:
1) Adjust Your Maintenance Schedule
The shift toward a more climate-appropriate garden encourages a shift in how to schedule gardener maintenance visits. Water-saving gardens don’t require quick, weekly maintenance, but rather more intensive maintenance on a monthly basis.… Read more >>
Over the past few months, TreePeople has been educating both teachers and students throughout Los Angeles County on green issues that challenge campuses and communities, and projects they can do to help.
On September 8, 2018- TreePeople held their Generation Earth Recycling and Beyond Workshop led by Trash Guru and Recycling Specialist Kenny Derieg. We had one of the largest turnouts in the history of this workshop, with close to 40 people participating. The workshop covered a myriad of projects and practices that attendees can implement to reduce their carbon footprint on their campuses and in their communities.… Read more >>
One of our recent blogs gave you an idea of why organic soil is better for your plants than dousing your garden with chemicals. Here are the key components of healthy soil, explained:
Sand, Silt, and Clay
These materials comprise the texture of soil. While the three are comprised of rocks and minerals, they vary in composition and size. Sand is the largest grain, followed by silt, and then clay.
Organic matter consists of decomposed branches, leaves, bark, roots, plants, insects, and animals.… Read more >>
Is this a scene from a scary movie?
Does an evil clown lurk down here?
Is a local acting group doing a cult film reenactment?
NOPE. THE TRUTH IS MUCH MORE TERRIFYING.
This is our underground cistern: it provides a smart way to collect and store up to 216,000 GALLONS of rainwater, which we use for park maintenance during extreme heat or drought. The scary thing is, sustainable water technology like this isn’t widespread in Los Angeles; and more frighteningly, we let 100 BILLION GALLONS of rainwater go to waste every year.… Read more >>
A message from Value of Water Campaign
For people who work in the water sector, on water protection, or create water technology, you know the importance of water. But most Americans turn on the tap or flush the toilet without thinking twice about the incredible systems that bring water to them and take it away safely, 24/7/365.
That’s were Imagine a day without water comes in. The U.S. needed a designated day for everyone who cares about water to come together with one voice and ask Americans to think… can you imagine a day without water?… Read more >>
We’re only a few weeks out from election day and we want to remind you to vote YES on Prop 3!
The bond will invest $8.877 billion dollars in California water infrastructure, including key categories like safe drinking water, Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGMA) implementation, watershed restoration, fish and wildlife habitat conservation, infrastructure repair, and many other important water management programs.
Last month, Prop 3 was officially endorsed by The Nature Conservancy, Audubon California, and the California Council of Land Trusts!… Read more >>
Every year in Los Angeles, we pump 85% of our water to our city from hundreds of miles away. Meanwhile, over 100 billion gallons of rainwater are lost and polluted simply because we don’t have the infrastructure to collect it properly.
This precious, free resource goes to waste and harms the environment as it moves.
Massive issues like this one force us to ask ourselves, “where can I save water?”
You can save water here.
Water flows through our streets and across parking lots, picking up trash and pollution as it goes.… Read more >>