What to Do with Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

While none of us want the holiday season to end, there comes a time where we must take down our lights, pack away our decorations and of course retire our Christmas trees.

Even after their time passes, old Christmas trees still can still be a valuable part of a sustainable lifestyle.

Mulching all the way

Did you know you can turn your trees into mulch? Think about how happy your garden plants and trees could be!

California Christmas Tree Recyclers is here to help!Read more >>

Mulching Trees, Feeding Minds

In the shadow of the hustle and bustle of the old Hollywood Park Casino ground’s transformation into the Los Angeles Rams’ new stadium sits Environmental Charter Middle School – Inglewood.

The school, located at the site of a former church, recently finished stage one of a three-stage retrofit to bring new learning opportunities to its students. The new two-story building made of recycled shipping containers offers 10 new classrooms and a replica creek bed lined with native trees and flowers stretching across the front of the property.Read more >>

The DO’s and DON’Ts of Compost

Compost is a climate-appropriate garden’s best friend! 

Compost offers tons of benefits for your landscape. It enriches the soil, delivers nutrients to plants and keeps water in the ground to help fight drought. Who knew healthy soil could do so much?

Compost is made from food scraps and organic matter, which contain lots of nutrients and water which would otherwise be wasted. In fact, 25% of our nation’s water is wasted on food that will be thrown out. Turning waste into rich compost is a great way to combat many environmental problems at once.Read more >>

Parting Thoughts of a Volunteer Manager

I’ve been reflecting on my time as TreePeople’s Volunteer Manager as I prepare to take on life’s next adventure to pursue my graduate degree in Urban Planning at UCLA this Fall. Over the past two years, I’ve been moved by the community of volunteers I get to work with every day.

I’ll never forget the mornings I woke up bright and early, making coffee and loading up the trucks for a day out in the field with the change makers of LA– the city I call home.Read more >>

Be Prepared: Eagle Scout Digs In

An Eagle Scout is always prepared– especially in the face of climate change.

Last month, Eagle Scout Wesley Wu worked with me, TreePeople’s Service Learning Manager and Youth Leader Specialist of Environmental Education, and a group of his peers to care for our park.

Enjoli, opening up the morning with the volunteers.

Wesley lead by example using his Eagle Scout training to rally over 40 students from six different schools across LA County to support one of our city’s most valuable resources– our trees.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 >>

Mulch Now, Plant Later

Did you know California residents use more than 50% of our drinking water to water their yards?

It’s true! In fact, a 1,000 square foot lawn with an average sprinkler system uses about 25,000 gallons of water per year. In the midst of a historic drought, that’s precious water we simply can’t afford to waste!

Luckily, the drought is teaching us to use our resources more wisely—to let our lawns go golden, while still watering our trees — and to plant water wise natives at home.… Read more >>

5 Reasons to Celebrate Biodiversity Day

The United Nations has named May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity! But why does biodiversity matter, and what does it mean for you?

At the highest level, biodiversity refers to all the different species on planet Earth. But on a much smaller scale, you could study the biodiversity within a local ecosystem, like the Santa Monica Mountains, the LA River or a neighborhood park.

The Earth is an incredibly complex machine, with all its interrelated organisms and ecosystems playing an important and necessary part.… Read more >>

Don’t Let LA’s Trees Become Casualties of the Drought

An Urgent Arbor Day Message from TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis

As I drive through LA this beautiful spring my heart is breaking. In every street, in every block, I see trees in decline.

This is a quiet crisis, and it’s accelerating.

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Andy Lipkis spoke at the City’s Save the Drop campaign launch in April.

Earlier this month I sat in a presentation by the Urban Forester of Santa Monica. He said that after four years of drought, our trees’ ability to take up water has atrophied, especially in trees not native to our region.… Read more >>

How This LA Couple Replaced Their Lawn with Drought Tolerant Plants & Mulch

Husband and wife Mark Rinaldi and Debbie Imsland have long been interested in sustainability. At home, they were conscientious about conserving water, taking care not to water the lawn too often or stay in the shower too long.

But it wasn’t until Debbie attended one of our Rainwater Harvesting Workshops that they considered making some major changes to their Gardena home. It started when they installed rain barrels in their yard, but it wasn’t long until they turned to their lawn.… Read more >>