Cooling LA to Save Lives

How do you cope with heat waves? Do you go swimming? Go to the movies? Crank up the air conditioning and stay home?

While these are all great options for most of us, many of these are not available to our fellow Angelenos. Half of LA’s households do not have air conditioning. For some households, turning on the A/C is not always an option when paying for electricity means less money for food or healthcare.

Imagine the people who rely on public transportation– these Angelenos have little to no protection as they fry in the sun on the way to work or school.Read more >>

7 Perfect Native Additions to Your Garden

What’s your favorite California native plant?

If you’re drawing a blank, then this blog is for you. Not only are these native plants a beautiful addition to any garden, they provide a sense of place.

California natives are perfectly suited to our Mediterranean climate. They thrive in the cool, wet winters and dry summers– making them a water-wise gardener’s best friend. What really makes native plants such a lovely addition is their ability to connect us to the land– to the smells, textures and beauty of the surrounding mountains and open spaces that are “native” to our area.Read more >>

What to Do with Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

While none of us want the holiday season to end, there comes a time where we must take down our lights, pack away our decorations and of course retire our Christmas trees.

Even after their time passes, old Christmas trees still can still be a valuable part of a sustainable lifestyle.

Mulching all the way

Did you know you can turn your trees into mulch? Think about how happy your garden plants and trees could be!

California Christmas Tree Recyclers is here to help!Read more >>

Celebrating the Holidays Nature’s Way

“You’ve been playing outside a lot lately, huh?” Candice asked Eden while she played in TreePeople’s outdoor picnic area.

Eden gasped and shot up from the wooden bench, “Does that mean the fairies will leave me a gift?” Her eyes danced and wonder spread across her face with a big smile.

“We’ll see when we get home!”

We are all drawn toward nature, especially when we are young.

Here in the Yurt Village, TreePeople tries to feed this natural curiosity, and our Director of Environmental Education, Candice Dickens-Russell and her 6-year-old daughter, Eden are shining examples.Read more >>

10 Sustainable Gifts to Scratch off Your List

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Not sure what to get that person who already has everything?

Well, look no further! We’ve  selected some of our favorite climate-conscious gifts for everyone in your life. Sustainable gifts help create a better future for us and the lives of generations to come. Plus, who doesn’t want to be the envy of fellow tree-volutionaries?

For the Tree Person:

Give a Tree

Gift giving got you stumped? Branch out and surprise loved ones in your life with a tree!Read more >>

A Future Without Palm Trees in LA

Over a century ago, hundreds of Canary Island Date Palms found a new home across the sea in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The swaying palms brought an easy calm and tropical appeal to the area, which was home to many-a-player in Los Angeles’ burgeoning film industry, including legendary director Mack Sennett’s first production studio which launched the careers of Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle. But just like old acetone reels from film’s silent era, these once majestic palms have begun to fade.Read more >>

7 Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving

Fall is one of our favorite times of the year here in Yurt Village!

It’s a time for us to look back on the year to give thanks and reflect on all the hard work we’ve accomplished. It’s also a great opportunity to give thanks back to Mother Earth by celebrating Thanksgiving in a sustainable way!

Not sure where to start? Here are seven small, easy steps you and your family can take:

1. Ditch the flimsy single-use products this year.Read more >>

Why 2017 Was the Best Year Ever at Harvest Moon

We’re still celebrating our 30th annual An Evening Under the Harvest Moon gala and want to a extend a huge THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to all who helped create such a magical evening!

Together we raised $705,000 to create a safer, more shaded and climate-ready future for all Angelenos. This was a huge success and it could not have happened without people like YOU.

“Our supporters see the value and urgency when they invest in TreePeople. It is more critical than ever to combat climate change, and TreePeople is on the frontlines,” TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis said.Read more >>

Meet our Friend: Ms. Rain Barrel!

As temperatures begin to drop and the rainy season (hopefully) approaches, it’s time to prepare our climate-ready gardens to capture some of that precious rainwater!

For those of you unfamiliar with this exciting trend, we interviewed our friend, Ms. Rain Barrel to get you in the know!

So I hear that you’re part of this new fad – harvesting rainwater.  Do you think it’s going to last?

People have been collecting rainwater for thousands of years all around the world so this is no new trend!Read more >>

Legislative Trifecta Aims to Save CA Trees and Water

California’s urban forests and water had some major wins at the state level this month!

Three measures to expand protections and provide much-needed resources were passed by the legislature and officially signed by Governor Brown. These measures will help our city trees combat the impacts of climate change and create a roadmap for a greener future.

 

CA’s Urban Forestry Act gets a facelift!

Thanks to Assemblywoman Gonzalez-Fletcher and our key partners, California Releaf and the California Urban Forests Council, Assembly Bill 1530 expands the State’s Urban Forestry Act to directly connect urban forestry to stormwater management, social justice, climate-readiness, job creation and more.Read more >>