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 >>

ICYMI: TreePeople in the Sunday New York Times and Christian Science Monitor!

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Exciting news! This week, TreePeople’s rainwater capture leadership in a drought-stricken LA was highlighted in two national stories.

Last Sunday the New York Times’ piece, Storm Water, Long a Nuisance, May Be a Parched California’s Salvation, quoted our Founder and President, Andy Lipkis pointing out, “There’s a massive amount of water we throw away.” Even in 2013, the driest year on record, “it still rained 3.6 inches on Los Angeles, and we threw away 12 billion gallons.”

The Christian Science Monitor’s, How California residents are changing the water landscape,” featured our StormCatcher Project, “which aims to convert rainwater from flooding nuisance into an ally in Los Angeles’s quest to sustain local groundwater sources, improve flood control, and cut pollution reaching the Pacific Ocean during intense storms.Read more >>

Host an Eco-birthday with TreePeople!

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Looking for an unforgettably fun and educational birthday venue for your favorite little one? Celebrate with TreePeople!

Learn about nature and our role in protecting and preserving the environment. Plus, your contribution to our Eco-birthday party program helps to support TreePeople’s critical work in the community and local mountains and watershed.

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We offer two types of interactive parties, both of which are lead by TreePeople educators:

Forest Fun Birthday

(Recommended for ages 5-6)

Wander along the forest trails of Coldwater Canyon Park using your senses to play a variety of interactive nature games and activities that are fun for all!Read more >>

Celebrate our First Earth Day Soiree!

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2015 was the hottest year on record. Here in California, we’ve experienced years of extreme drought and are now faced with El24115389029_1b99f49580_k Niño flooding. Planet Earth desperately needs our attention and care.

That’s where you come in! Support our work to grow a green LA and celebrate Earth Day in style. Gather friends and join us for our first ever Earth Day Soiree, a special fundraiser on April 21st from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Tiato in Santa Monica.  Read more >>

How we captured 80k gallons in recent storms!

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If you’ve visited our headquarters in Coldwater Canyon Park, you may have noticed a circular grasscrete in front of our Platinum LEED-certified Conference Center. Well, it’s not just decorative. It’s actually the top of a 216,000 gallon cistern that captures rainwater! (In fact, the visible grate marks only a portion of the entire 70’ x 8’ tank!)

What is a cistern?

When it rains, water that hits our Conference Center’s roof is diverted from gutters, as well as runoff from the surrounding parking lot and walkways.Read more >>

YOU Can Help Green LA Parks!

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Angelenos love parks! They beautify our city, create space for us to gather, play and protect our health. Here at TreePeople, we believe parks are a critical resource for a climate-resilient LA.

Right now, citizens like you have an opportunity to provide input on the future of our parks. The County is currently involved in a 15 month process to assess how we can improve and expand our parks, as well as maximize the benefits they bring to local communities. Community members are invited to give feedback at in community input sessions being held over the next five months.Read more >>