I Am TreePeople: Yujuan Chen

Los Angeles is on the cusp of something big. Every day, more and more Angelenos are waking up to the threats climate change and extreme heat bring to life in the city.

For over 40 years, TreePeople has committed itself to fighting for a greener and healthier Los Angeles. From Watts to the Santa Monica Mountains, TreePeople has planted over 3 million trees in partnership with millions of Angelenos, but planting trees is only the start. Our Policy & Research department tackles the tough issues facing our climate reality– from securing a safe, local water supply, to working to creating an Urban Forestry Master Plan– and makes sure the voices of the people reach not only the halls of power in Downtown LA, but to Sacramento and beyond.  Read more >>

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 >>

Protect your community: Take action for trees!

Have you heard? Last summer, TreePeople championed the protection of our urban trees as the City of LA prepared to launch its 30-year sidewalk repair program. Now, LA is starting to roll out steps to repair sidewalks across the region. That’s right–  over the next 30 years, the City plans to spend $1.4 billion dollars after a city settlement to make our sidewalks more accessible for all Angelenos.

A large piece of this effort will likely involve removing many street trees– trees that provide shade and cool spaces.Read more >>

LA is Greener Thanks to LA Galaxy

Last month, all of us at TreePeople had a blast watching Team USA and LA Galaxy’s own Gyasi Zares compete in the international soccer tournament, Copa America Centenario. We were brimming with hometown pride watching Zares represent Los Angeles on an international playing field.  

Photo via The Bleacher Report

Photo via The Bleacher Report

But we have more reasons to cheer for the LA Galaxy: their commitment to create a more sustainable Los Angeles!

Over the past year, LA Galaxy has partnered with TreePeople for Foundation Fridays, where they cared for trees at Edward Vincent Jr.… Read more >>

Parking Lot Cool

In these recent unseasonably hot days, have you noticed the heat radiating off blacktop? Black asphalt traps heat and releases it back into our cities. “But who said streets had to be black?” asked Ben Schiller, staff writer at Co.Exist. They pointed to Lawrence Berkeley Lab’s showcase of alternative paving surfaces to demonstrate how a parking lot alone can measure 40 degrees cooler if it’s lighter in color. In Los Angeles, you can visit TreePeople’s Center for Communitiy Forestry at our Coldwater Canyon Park headquarters to see this effect in action.… Read more >>