Mayor Eric Garcetti Unveils Comprehensive Sustainability pLAn for City of LA

This month, Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a comprehensive, multifaceted sustainability plan for the City of Los Angeles. The plan (pLAn) includes a wide span of measurable actions the City hopes to reach by 2035 with a special focus on the environment with an emphasis on water, solar energy, carbon and climate change leadership and waste; economic development to support local green jobs, mobility and transit; and equity for LA’s urban ecosystem, livable neighborhoods, air quality and environmental justice.

TreePeople proudly supports the pLAn and congratulates the Mayor in this big step forward for a sustainable Los Angeles.… Read more >>

Skip the Artificial Turf: The Value of Native Plants and the Truth About Fake Grass

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For decades Angelenos have maintained an image of the perfect suburban yard. We imagine homes with neatly trimmed hedges, colorful flower beds beneath the windows and a lush, green, well-manicured lawn rolling right up to the front door.

The perpetuation of this image has skewed our sense of natural beauty. Not only is that ideal simply not sustainable in our climate, but in order to achieve it people sometimes turn to what they think is a good alternative: artificial turf. In other words, fake grass.… Read more >>

Cómo Colocar la Pedacería Orgánica (Mulch)

La gente necesita árboles y los árboles necesitan la gente.

Una vez que el árbol esta sembrado, todavía necesita su ayuda para crecer fuerte y sano. Cubriendo el área alrededor del árbol con un grueso manto de abono (rallado o corturas de madera) ayuda crear un ambiente saludable en la tierra, que es vital para su crecimiento y ayuda que los árboles crecen en la clima seca de LA.

Mira este video para saber cómo empezar a cuidar sus árboles. ¡Es fácil!… Read more >>

Happy World Water Day, LA – There’s Hope Yet

Water scarcity is certainly a worldwide issue, but we in LA know the seriousness of it. Did you know that California has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs?

The good news is that our city is getting serious about creating a local, reliable water supply – and TreePeople is helping to bring to it the best global models.

TreePeople has been intensely involved in solving LA’s local water problems since the 1990s. At that time I realized that the answer to LA’s water challenges isn’t in importing even more water from Northern California and the Colorado River.… Read more >>

TreePeople’s Fruit Tree Distributions Bring Food & Shade to LA Communities

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More than 250 volunteers joined TreePeople to distribute nearly 2,000 trees to Angelenos from Inglewood, Huntington Park, Pacoima, and Watts during this year’s Fruit Tree Distribution Festivals.

The events attracted a variety of volunteers, from local community members to groups, businesses and government representatives. This year the Laker Girls were on hand to help sort new trees, while volunteers from Starbucks and Disney helped distribute the trees to residents. In Pacoima, LA Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and Pacoima Beautiful partnered to promote the event in Roger Jessup Park.… Read more >>

How to Take Charge of Your Water Supply and Harvest the Rain

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Would it sound crazy if we said you’re taking showers, flushing your toilet and watering your lawn with Evian water?

Pretty much. But Angelenos use about half of all their drinking-quality water for landscaping (!), 20% to flush their toilets and a whopping 18% for showering—If not exactly Evian brand, it’s water that could be saved for its most vital uses.

Imagine how many gallons of precious potable water that could be saved if we captured the rain. Not only would we significantly reduce our need for imported water (which makes up nearly 90% of LA’s water supply), but we’d also protect the dwindling fresh drinking water supply available.… Read more >>

Sourcing a Sustainable Christmas Tree

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Have you ever wondered what the environmentally responsible choice is for your Christmas cheer? Should you get a tree or no not? Real or fake? Rent or buy? These are some questions many of us face this time of year. No matter what’s your decision, there are some great points to learn.

Trees clean the air, capture water, reduce crime and combat climate change—they do so much for us. In short, trees are the lungs of our planet. It’s no wonder that we want to bring them inside and lovingly decorate them.… Read more >>

If I Had a (Sledge) Hammer

Breaking up the pavement around your home and in your community is pretty easy, but aside from having a good excuse to use a sledgehammer, why would you want to?  The simple answer is that the more permeability we are able to create in our yards and urban environment, the healthier the watershed.

When water falls onto hardscape surfaces, it runs off into gutters, to storm drains, taking everything in its path directly to the ocean. The single highest source of water pollution is this urban run-off.… Read more >>

We Can Do It!

A recent story on NPR noted an environmental change for the better: the ozone layer is on the mend. Which, if you are worried about skin cancer, climate change and the like, is great news – and history in the making!

So how did this happen? First, people heard a hard truth: that chlorofluorocarbons – organic compounds once used in everything from refrigerators to fire extinguishers – were thinning out the ozone layer above Antarctica. Then, they took steps to change personal habits and shift policies.… Read more >>