Our Summer Institute: 40 Teachers, a Landfill and a Wastewater Plant

What happens when you have TreePeople’s Education Department, 40+ educators, a two-day Generation Earth workshop and the Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Center?

A whole ton of fun and learning–that’s what!

Earlier this summer, the Generation Earth program delivered yet another successful Summer Institute focusing on waste, water and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in LA. The professional development workshop for LA County 6th-12th grade explored the different waste and water issues in the region and how service learning projects can be a point of entry to explore these topics with students.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 >>

Designing Social Change

“We come to plant trees

and capture the rain because a healthy LA

is ours to attain.”

– Jolly de Guzman

Earlier this year, our Volunteer Manager, Peter Roquemore had an idea for our annual Volunteer Celebration. He wanted to give an extra special thank you to our most dedicated community who shows up every weekend to plant and care for trees across the County. So he organized a contest for a new t-shirt design to give our brightest stars that day as a show of our appreciation.Read more >>

TreePeople says YES on Measures A & M

This election, TreePeople is formally endorsing two LA County ballot initiatives: Measure A and Measure M. We strongly believe that if passed, these two initiatives will help make LA a more sustainable, climate-resilient, water-secure, and equitable region.

Here’s how:

Measure A, theSafe, Clean Neighborhood Parks, Open Space, Beaches, River Protection and Water Conservation Measure,” provides necessary funding to build new and maintain existing parks, beaches and recreational areas in every LA County community.

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TreePeople is saying YES to Measure A because it will protect and conserve water resources in and around parks and open spaces, and it will increase protective tree canopy to shade and cool communities.… Read more >>

What is the Big Deal About Natives?

LA really is a special place, and so is its ecology. Our region’s Mediterranean climate brings dry, hot summers and cool, wet winters. This unique climate and landscape is what creates the special conditions that support our city’s animal and plant biodiversity.

Native plants use anywhere from 30 to 90 percent less water than other non-native plant species, and also provide animals with a habitat to call home.  Our native plants are beautiful, resilient and useful, and we should celebrate them!Read more >>

TreePeople and Metro Partner to Green Los Angeles

With the opening of the Expo Line extension last month and more on the way, Metro’s role in shaping Los Angeles has been on our minds. But did you know that Metro does more than build and provide public transportation?

TreePeople has partnered with the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to create Green Places, a resource toolkit to support communities in re-imagining and reinventing  their neighborhoods. The project is the result of months of work engaging dozens of experts, community organizations and Metro departments to create safe, healthy, livable communities that promote walking, biking and alternative forms of transportation.Read more >>

How Citizen Forestry Creates New Memories

As TreePeople’s Urban Forestry Manager, it’s my job is to help communities organize and run tree plantings, usually in their neighborhoods.

The first event I ever supported was fantastic but, admittedly, challenging. By the time our volunteers were ready to plant the last tree of the day, I could tell that the team’s energy was beginning to fade. I put on my cheeriest and most encouraging face, ready to pump the crew up, only to be upstaged by something unexpected.

Three small siblings who lived in the adjacent house had come out to see what we were doing, and asked if they could help.Read more >>