Yesterday California Governor Jerry Brown issued the first mandatory water restrictions in response to our state’s historic drought. As this drought deepens and worsens and fears rise, it’s important to know that another country faced a very similar threat: Australia endured a devastating 12-year drought from 1997 – 2010. Because they have similar climate, and very similar people and economy, their story, their powerful successes, and some of their painful mistakes and lessons can serve as a guide to us in Los Angeles and California…to ensure we succeed and thrive. … Read more >>
Trees are often touted for providing shade, cleaning our air and capturing the rain, but did you know trees also are living anti-depressants?
Recent studies show that trees make city-dwellers happier, healthier and more connected to their communities. Just a few of the reasons you should hug a tree today.
The Mind-Body-Tree Connection
Now that more than half the world’s population experiences the stress related to modern city life, urban green spaces are more important than ever for our collective and emotional well being.… Read more >>
For decades Angelenos have maintained an image of the perfect suburban yard. We imagine homes with neatly trimmed hedges, colorful flower beds beneath the windows and a lush, green, well-manicured lawn rolling right up to the front door.
The perpetuation of this image has skewed our sense of natural beauty. Not only is that ideal simply not sustainable in our climate, but in order to achieve it people sometimes turn to what they think is a good alternative: artificial turf. In other words, fake grass.… Read more >>
More than 250 volunteers joined TreePeople to distribute nearly 2,000 trees to Angelenos from Inglewood, Huntington Park, Pacoima, and Watts during this year’s Fruit Tree Distribution Festivals.
The events attracted a variety of volunteers, from local community members to groups, businesses and government representatives. This year the Laker Girls were on hand to help sort new trees, while volunteers from Starbucks and Disney helped distribute the trees to residents. In Pacoima, LA Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and Pacoima Beautiful partnered to promote the event in Roger Jessup Park.… Read more >>
TreePeople has always imagined our conference center here at Coldwater Canyon Park as a space that fosters important conversations around sustainability. Over the years, it has held a host of events including a State Assembly Committee hearing, collaborative discussions on infrastructure, to name a couple. Last Saturday’s event, the kick-off forum for the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance, was very special to me.
Neighborhood Councils are a unique concept created to help solve many of the Los Angeles “big city” issues. Created in 2003, there are now 96 neighborhood councils, led by volunteers to ensure their communities receive the services they need and that the City government is responsive to their desires.… Read more >>
I’ve shared our park on hundreds of tours in my six-year tenure at TreePeople including curious residents, City Council staff, State Legislators and even the Mayor of a Mexican city. All these experiences have been rewarding. However, this past week, we had the unique pleasure of hosting 70 Fulbright Scholarship students.
The group was having their annual enrichment seminar centered on “Civic Engagement – Environmental Initiatives for a Sustainable Future,” which fits right in with our work here in Los Angeles.… Read more >>
Now that the holiday season has come and gone it’s time to put away decorations, all that figgy pudding 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. Read on to learn how to live green with the help of your tree.
If you got a live tree this year and are wondering what to do now, check out the L.A. County Tree Farm for a quick fix.… Read more >>