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 >>

Nicely Done, LA: Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Ahead!

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Since last summer, TreePeople has championed the protection of our urban trees as the City of LA prepared to launch its 30-year sidewalk repair program. This was triggered by a city settlement that secured more than $1.4 billion to make our sidewalks more accessible for all Angelenos.

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The way we see it, these sidewalk repairs provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to upgrade our infrastructure to promote accessibility, mobility, safety and even our city’s sustainability. That’s why we’ve worked to educate councilmembers through the process to ensure that, in light of these repairs, our urban canopy is protected, and that we leverage this innovative opportunity to retrofit sidewalks to capture stormwater.… 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 >>

Join Our Twitter Party to Celebrate #WorldWaterDay

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Between 1997 to 2010, Australia experienced the devastating “Millennium Drought,” a period that brought the region’s longest stretch of drought on record. Four years in, their drought was similar to California’s current experience: overwhelming and destructive.

To learn from Australia’s experience, TreePeople has been leading the way in research to adopt drought solutions locally. In 2014, TreePeople and The Energy Coalition co-organized a delegation of policymakers and elected officials to some of Australia’s most innovative cities to learn from their drought solutions.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!)

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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 >>