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!)

What is a cistern?

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 >>

10 Ways for Angelenos to Enjoy El Nino Storms


Angelenos, listen up! Forecasters are anticipating some El Niño storms through March–maybe even April. If you’re looking for ways to weather the storm (pun intended!), we’ve got you covered! Here are 10 tips to keep you occupied:

1. Cook up a storm (in the storm)

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It can be easy to forget the impact our diet has on the environment. After all, water conservation isn’t always the first thing on our minds when we’re starting at a piping hot pizza.Read more >>

3 reasons why your campus NEEDS native plants!


Looking to give your students new learning experiences? Plant a native garden! Here are three reasons why NOW is the perfect time to start.

1. It’s HEALTHY!

Did you know kids learn more when they’re given time outdoors? It’s true! Not to mention, time in green spaces is proven help kids focus and reduce the effects of ADD and ADHD.

A native plant garden is a great way to get your students into the fresh air AND engaged. On-campus gardens offer a hands-on opportunity to explore ecology, biology and even history, since many plants in Southern California were historically used by indigenous people!Read more >>

I Am TreePeople : Carrie Wassenaar


“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!


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!


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 >>

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:


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 >>