How we captured 80k gallons in recent storms!

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 >>

10 Ways for Angelenos to Enjoy El Nino Storms

Angelenos, listen up! Forecasters are anticipating some El Niño storms through March–maybe even April. If you’re looking for ways to weather the storm (pun intended!), we’ve got you covered! Here are 10 tips to keep you occupied:

1. Cook up a storm (in the storm)

It can be easy to forget the impact our diet has on the environment. After all, water conservation isn’t always the first thing on our minds when we’re starting at a piping hot pizza. While you’re stuck indoors this weekend, break out your chef hat and whip up these delicious, drought-friendly tacosRead more >>

3 reasons why your campus NEEDS native plants!

Looking to give your students new learning experiences? Plant a native garden! Here are three reasons why NOW is the perfect time to start.

1. It’s HEALTHY!

Did you know kids learn more when they’re given time outdoors? It’s true! Not to mention, time in green spaces is proven help kids focus and reduce the effects of ADD and ADHD.

A native plant garden is a great way to get your students into the fresh air AND engaged. On-campus gardens offer a hands-on opportunity to explore ecology, biology and even history, since many plants in Southern California were historically used by indigenous people!Read more >>

I Am TreePeople : Carrie Wassenaar

“We could make a huge impact,” Carrie Wassenaar says, reflecting on simple steps people can take at home to grow a green LA. Carrie is a shining example of an Angeleno taking action.

A transplant from the midwest, Carrie’s love for nature started young. “My mother was huge into gardening,” she recalled. Even after 18 years in Los Angeles, she misses the rich, green surroundings of her hometown. But as she’s set down roots here in the city, she’s incorporated elements of her childhood upbringing into her routine.Read more >>

Be a Leader. Install a Rain Tank!

Would you believe that this diagram represents what you can capture with just one inch of rain? Pretty impressive, huh?

Capturing stormwater is rapidly becoming part of the new LA lifestyle. After all, why use drinking water on your yard when you can harvest the rain for FREE? But before you make a purchase, do your research. It may be in your best interest to hire a landscape contractor to offer guidance tailored to your needs.

First, ask yourself these TWO questions to determine if this is a simple DIY project or if it’s time to call in a contractor.Read more >>

Is Your Community Prepared for El Nino?

A few years back, a colleague received a frantic call from his wife in California while we were overseas. A brush fire was bearing down on their house. Worse yet, she wasn’t home and their pets were trapped. Fortunately, the house was spared and the pets were safe. However, in that moment, their lack of preparation had them in a last minute frenzy.

There’s no way to anticipate the impact a natural disasters will have, but we should all take the proper precautions in advance.… Read more >>

Our 10 Favorite Accomplishments of 2015

Can you believe 2015 is over? It feels like it just started!

We had a big year here at TreePeople! We worked with Angelenos at the community and policy levels to make a difference in our city, and we’re thrilled by the results. Here are 10 of our proudest accomplishments from the past year:

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1. Over 9,600 elementary students visited Coldwater Canyon Park for an Eco-tour to learn about the importance of trees, our watershed and how to live more sustainably!Read more >>

5 Reasons We NEED to Map Trees

You’ve heard it before: trees solve urban problems. They keep cities cool, they clean our air and they capture storm water. They are basically superheroes. With the stress of drought, it’s important to remember why trees matter.

But how can YOU help trees thrive in LA? You have heard of planting trees, maybe you have cared for trees–but have you ever mapped a tree? Mapping trees is an interactive process using TreeMapLA that helps us understand the ways a tree is serving our city.Read more >>

LA StormCatcher: You Asked, We Answered

In early November, we debuted our groundbreaking pilot project: LA StormCatcher (#LAStormCatcher). The collaborative brings Los Angeles County and City agencies and community members together to capture stormwater in the face of ongoing drought and a changing climate reality.

Our first pilot site, located in North Hollywood, kicks off a series of renovations designed to show how capturing stormwater at home can increase local water supply, reduce flooding and improve water quality. The project launched with a  press conference that brought a rush of positive buzz and interest, and even had LA’s own Mayor Garcetti and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl in attendance. Read more >>

GivingTuesday? More Like Giving Trees Day!

“California is facing the worst epidemic of tree mortality in its modern history. A crisis of this magnitude demands action on all fronts.” -Governor Jerry Brown

Last month, Jerry Brown declared a tree emergency in California. Across our state, 22 million trees have already died from four years of historic drought and raging wildfires. 

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Join us on December 1st to celebrate #GivingTuesday, the largest day of giving of the year. Around the world people standing up for what they believe and are sharing their generosity.Read more >>