I Am TreePeople : Vahagn Karapetyan

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“Good for your body, good for your mind, good for your confidence.”

At least, that’s how Vahagn Karapetyan, one of our Volunteer Supervisors, describes his involvement with TreePeople. In his years of service, we’ve truly come to rely on him. In fact, there’s an ongoing belief in our Forestry Department that when Vahagn signs up for an event, you can count him to do the work of 10 people.

Vahagn has been with us for over four years now, originally signing up for our Park Work Days here in Coldwater Canyon Park while he was still a student at UCLA.Read more >>

Q&A: Emily Deschanel, actor — “Global warming is a serious problem that the next generation will inherit.”

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Emily Deschanel is best known for her role as Dr. Temperance Brennan on the hit show Bones. In addition to acting and producing, Emily is also an avid environmentalist and a TreePeople supporter.  Learn more about how she’s taking action in her life to make Los Angeles green!

What do you feel is the most urgent challenge the world faces today, and what do you think can be done to help?

Global warming is a serious problem that the next generation will inherit.Read more >>

An Open Letter to Angelenos in a Time of Drought

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You can’t care about trees without caring about water. The two are intimately connected.

That’s why TreePeople has been committed to take rainwater harvesting to scale for over 20 years. Rainwater can and should be a significant part of our water supply.

Each month, hundreds of people attend our workshops and install rain tanks at home. It hasn’t always been so easy. In the past, when drought wasn’t on people’s minds, the dominant mindset was that Los Angeles is a desert–assuming we didn’t get more than a few drops of water a year.Read more >>

Speak Up for LA’s Water Future

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El Niño isn’t panning out to be the drought buster we had hoped.

Despite the recent rain, scientists believe prolonged drought is in California’s future. We shouldn’t be surprised. The links between climate change and extreme weather patterns are undeniable. Weather satellites marked February as the hottest month on record, and our recent weather has been erratic. Now is the time to take action.  For 20 years, we have been LA water leaders, advocating for a secure local supply. Will you join us now in our efforts to protect LA’s water?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 >>

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 >>

6 Years Healing a Burn Area Changed Me Forever

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The Sayre Fire of 2008 burned over 11,000 acres in Sylmar and resulted in the loss of nearly 500 homes. It was the worst loss of homes due to fire in LA’s history. That Thanksgiving, I happened to be taking my first trip to Los Angeles. I remember passing the destruction on the way out of town and feeling shivers at the charred landscape, a burnt-out bricolage of black, gray and ashen white. I had never seen evidence of a wildfire so close.Read more >>