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 >>

TreePeople Fellows Strive to Save Urban Forests

TreePeople is blessed with an array of amazing minds that come through Yurt Village, and this past summer, we had two bright young minds join our Policy & Research Department.

Erik Ndayishimiye and Matthew Stieg were brought on at the beginning of the summer through our fellowship program to work on issues surrounding LA’s urban forest. Both put their talent to work to help support our team offering their unique skills and backgrounds.

Erik hails from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a newly completed Master’s Degree in Environmental Management while Matthew is about to finish his senior year at the University of Michigan where he studies Mathematics and Statistics.Read more >>

ACTION ALERT: Make Your Voice Heard. Protect our City’s Trees!

Angelenos, a huge opportunity exists right now for you to take action to protect our City’s urban forest!

Did you know, the City of LA has launched a 30-year sidewalk repair program? This was triggered by a city settlement that secured more than $1.4 billion to make our sidewalks more accessible for all Angelenos. TreePeople has since championed the protection of our urban trees throughout this process. Our work on this effort, along with our partners, has led to an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to determine the impacts of the sidewalk replacement citywide–this includes the impacts to our urban forest!Read more >>

#CoolMyCity: LA’s Urban Cooling Collaborative

LA just increased its coolness factor by $320,000!

On the heels of a sweltering summer, the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council of the U.S. Forest Service awarded the Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative (LAUCC), a national partnership led by TreePeople, a $320,000 grant to fund life-saving urban heat research.

The LAUCC is a unique national partnership between nonprofit groups, universities, government agencies and other experts with a goal to create neighborhood-by-neighborhood prescriptions against heat. The Collaborative is developing the most effective dose of trees plus reflective roofs and surfaces in order to save lives and make LA more livable, both today and in tomorrow’s changing climate.Read more >>

LA Sidewalks Reach The “Tripping Point”

Calling all urban forest advocates: Join the movement for safer, more accessible streets!

LA’s sidewalks are at a tripping point!

On June 10th, TreePeople, Investing in Place, Los Angeles Walks and AARP California are hosting “The Tripping Point,” a half-day advocacy summit for LA’s streets!

“The Tripping Point” is a forum for community members from across LA to come together and discuss strategies for safer, greener, and more accessible neighborhoods. Attendees will leave with the skills, tools, strategies, and insights to become better advocates for:

  • Healthy street trees
  • Accessible sidewalks
  • Safe crosswalks
  • More bus shelters

For years, Angelenos have asked for better paths of travel.Read more >>

Concrete to Canopy: Green Dreams for Inglewood & Lennox

What comes to mind when you think of South LA? Endless stretches of treeless streets sealed in sizzling pavement?

Imagine if we could convert concrete to canopy one block, one person, one tree at a time.

Our climate reality has left frontline communities vulnerable to devastating impacts– like crippling heat and harmful floods. Inglewood and Lennox are prime examples, tucked away within the concrete-laden, tree-poor neighborhoods of South LA.

Left without adequate resources or enough life-saving tree canopy, these neighborhoods are at risk of damage from climate change’s extreme weather events and public health impacts, including pollution-triggered asthma and heat-related hospitalizations.Read more >>

UPDATE: $1.2 Million to Retrofit Homes to Capture and Infiltrate Rain

Yesterday, the LA County Board of Supervisors awarded TreePeople $1.2 million to pilot an innovative approach to home rainwater capture projects in unincorporated areas of LA County, with a focus on underserved communities. The project will help protect vulnerable communities from flooding, contribute toward our region’s water supply, improve water quality and offer water storage for later use.

It is part of a larger $4 million settlement between LA County and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and LA Waterkeeper. The settlement funds support home retrofits and green streets projects to capture rainfall, recharge groundwater and reduce polluted runoff from being purged into our rivers and ocean in neighborhoods with high climate-risk.Read more >>