I Am TreePeople : Carrie Wassenaar

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“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 >>

10 GIFs to Sum Up Why You Should Volunteer MORE!

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By now, we know that climate change is causing more frequent extreme weather events. Let’s face it: it’s no fun living in a city where our forecast is either drought or flood. It’s only the first week of the new year and El Niño has come in strong with a week of rain reminding us that this is real.

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This year, make it your resolution to become a TreePeople Restoration Supervisor or Volunteer Supervisor and help make Los Angeles a more green and resilient place to live.Read more >>

Be a Leader. Install a Rain Tank!

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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 >>