City Setting NEW Cooling Target for LA

Good news! The Los Angeles City Council recently passed a motion to establish a “cooling target” for the City– in other words, it will soon be setting a target to cool the city and reduce the urban heat island effect in order to protect LA from the impacts of climate change.  

TreePeople was able to play a role in inspiring this progressive motion, thanks to our partnership with work translating solutions from Australia to work for LA.

Councilmember Felipe Fuentes joined TreePeople on our delegation tour to Australia, to learn about drought solutions developed during their 12-year Millennium Drought.Read more >>

The Only #Goals You Need This Earth Day

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better it’s not.” The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

I’ve always been inspired by this simple phrase. Of course, we all want better things. We want great educations for our children or younger siblings. We want clean streets and sidewalks. We want a city that is clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. But none of these things happen spontaneously! They require the hard work and dedication of people like you and me.Read more >>

Nicely Done, LA: Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Ahead!

Since last summer, TreePeople has championed the protection of our urban trees as the City of LA prepared to launch its 30-year sidewalk repair program. This was triggered by a city settlement that secured more than $1.4 billion to make our sidewalks more accessible for all Angelenos.

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The way we see it, these sidewalk repairs provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to upgrade our infrastructure to promote accessibility, mobility, safety and even our city’s sustainability. That’s why we’ve worked to educate councilmembers through the process to ensure that, in light of these repairs, our urban canopy is protected, and that we leverage this innovative opportunity to retrofit sidewalks to capture stormwater.… Read more >>

How we captured 80k gallons in recent storms!

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 >>

Our 10 Favorite Accomplishments of 2015

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 >>

8 Trees Giving Us ALL the Holiday Feels

In the midst of the holiday rush, we’re taking time to appreciate the little things. What better way to slow down and savor the spirit of the season than to celebrate trees? Trees are joy makers! To prove our point, we’ve gathered some of our favorite tree moments from holiday movies.

The Grinch

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The Grinch may have stolen all of Whoville’s decorations and presents, but he didn’t steal their spirit! Nothing could stop the Whos from gathering around a tree and celebrating the most important part of the holidays: community.Read more >>

Can Christmas Trees Be Sustainable?

The holidays are here! It’s the time of year to dream of a lush Christmas tree, adorned in lights, right your living room. But you don’t have to sacrifice your sustainable lifestyle. We’re here to offer some great options, guilt free!

Real or Fake?

Unless you already own an artificial tree, go with real. Why? Well, because the time the tree spent alive benefitted the planet. Trees do so much for us: they clean the air, capture water, reduce crime and combat climate change.Read more >>

GivingTuesday? More Like Giving Trees Day!

“California is facing the worst epidemic of tree mortality in its modern history. A crisis of this magnitude demands action on all fronts.” -Governor Jerry Brown

Last month, Jerry Brown declared a tree emergency in California. Across our state, 22 million trees have already died from four years of historic drought and raging wildfires. 

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Join us on December 1st to celebrate #GivingTuesday, the largest day of giving of the year. Around the world people standing up for what they believe and are sharing their generosity.Read more >>

9 Reasons We’re Feeling Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here at TreePeople, we have a lot to be thankful for! Here are 9 things that stand out most:

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1. None of our work would be possible without our generous donors. We’re thankful they believe in our mission and continue to keep us moving forward.

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2. We have a hearty crew of faithful volunteers who put our values into action. We’re thankful that, weekend after weekend, they keep showing up. Their passion is contagious!

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3. We’re moved and inspired by the agency collaboration that is making #LAStormCatcher a reality.… Read more >>

I Am TreePeople : Dan McDonnell

“You have to give props to your mom!’ says Dan McDonnell, one of TreePeople’s most committed Volunteer Supervisors. For him, family camping trips coordinated by his mother were the root of his love for the outdoors. As he grew up, camping evolved into backpacking excursions. Backpacking morphed into climbing in Yosemite.

Clearly, such a love for nature paved the way for a career in education, as a high school biology and environmental science educator. Dan is currently in his 29th year of teaching with the Los Angeles Unified School District.Read more >>