What My TreePeople Internship Taught Me

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I’m what most Angelenos would consider a “rural person.” Let me rephrase that. I was born and bred in Michigan. Hence I’ve always considered myself nature-savvy. I need green space to feel at home.

I started interning at TreePeople because wherever I go in LA, I’m always reimagining streets and neighborhoods with more trees and lush canopies. After a month of interning here, I’ve come to learn so much, especially in the unique context of Southern California.

Here’s my list of the most mind-blowing facts I’ve learned so far:

There is a wrong way to plant trees.

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Mediterranean Cities: Where Climate Adaptation Action Happens

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Did you know that Southern California is not a desert? That’s a common misconception!

Our region is actually one of just five regions in the world with a Mediterranean climate, which lends to cool, wet winters, and hot, dry summers. Even though the world’s Mediterranean zones are far-flung–including Southern California, central Chile, the Western Cape of South Africa, parts of Australia and the area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea–these regions have plenty in common.

As the world’s climate changes, forecasts show that Mediterranean-zone cities will experience an increase in extreme weather patterns, including droughts and flooding.  Read more >>

City Setting NEW Cooling Target for LA

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Good news! The Los Angeles City Council recently passed a motion to establish a “cooling target” for the City– in other words, it will soon be setting a target to cool the city and reduce the urban heat island effect in order to protect LA from the impacts of climate change.  

TreePeople was able to play a role in inspiring this progressive motion, thanks to our partnership with work translating solutions from Australia to work for LA.

Councilmember Felipe Fuentes joined TreePeople on our delegation tour to Australia, to learn about drought solutions developed during their 12-year Millennium Drought.Read more >>

4 Highlights from Earth Day Soiree

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We’re so proud to share that our first ever Earth Day Soiree was a huge success! We were thrilled to be joined by our dedicated supporters who share our vision for a greener LA. Here are some of our favorite highlights:

Our Lead Certified Arborist, Linda Eremita, was our resident Dr. Tree–taking people’s tree questions and handing out “prescriptions” for care!

We were joined by many of our friends, including legendary guerrilla gardener Ron Finley.Read more >>

Commit to Healthy Soil on Earth Day

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April is Earth Month–a time for us to appreciate the beauty and resilience of our world.

It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to commit to protecting our environment for generations to come, especially as we face growing concerns over our changing climate.

That’s why cultivating healthy soil matters! Believe it or not, healthy soil is one of the most important elements of a resilient planet.

Good soil is a matrix of minerals and microbial life. In fact, did you know that a cup of soil contains as many organisms as there are people on earth?Read more >>

The Only #Goals You Need This Earth Day

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better it’s not.” The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

I’ve always been inspired by this simple phrase. Of course, we all want better things. We want great educations for our children or younger siblings. We want clean streets and sidewalks. We want a city that is clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. But none of these things happen spontaneously! They require the hard work and dedication of people like you and me.Read more >>

How Did Our Water Get Here?

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Here in LA, we expect to see clean drinking water flowing anytime we turn on a faucet. But have you ever wondered where that water comes from?

Tap water in the City of LA comes from several sources — and about 90% of it is imported. The sources we rely on primarily include:  

The Colorado River Basin and the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta  

Water from these two regions is managed by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). MWD is a water wholesaler (they sell to cities and utility agencies, which in turn sell to the public).Read more >>