Commit to Healthy Soil on Earth Day


April is Earth Month–a time for us to appreciate the beauty and resilience of our world.

It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to commit to protecting our environment for generations to come, especially as we face growing concerns over our changing climate.

That’s why cultivating healthy soil matters! Believe it or not, healthy soil is one of the most important elements of a resilient planet.

Good soil is a matrix of minerals and microbial life. In fact, did you know that a cup of soil contains as many organisms as there are people on earth?Read more >>

How Did Our Water Get Here?


Here in LA, we expect to see clean drinking water flowing anytime we turn on a faucet. But have you ever wondered where that water comes from?

Tap water in the City of LA comes from several sources — and about 90% of it is imported. The sources we rely on primarily include:  

The Colorado River Basin and the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta  

Water from these two regions is managed by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). MWD is a water wholesaler (they sell to cities and utility agencies, which in turn sell to the public).Read more >>

An Open Letter to Angelenos in a Time of Drought

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You can’t care about trees without caring about water. The two are intimately connected.

That’s why TreePeople has been committed to take rainwater harvesting to scale for over 20 years. Rainwater can and should be a significant part of our water supply.

Each month, hundreds of people attend our workshops and install rain tanks at home. It hasn’t always been so easy. In the past, when drought wasn’t on people’s minds, the dominant mindset was that Los Angeles is a desert–assuming we didn’t get more than a few drops of water a year.Read more >>

Speak Up for LA’s Water Future


El Niño isn’t panning out to be the drought buster we had hoped.

Despite the recent rain, scientists believe prolonged drought is in California’s future. We shouldn’t be surprised. The links between climate change and extreme weather patterns are undeniable. Weather satellites marked February as the hottest month on record, and our recent weather has been erratic. Now is the time to take action.  For 20 years, we have been LA water leaders, advocating for a secure local supply. Will you join us now in our efforts to protect LA’s water?Read more >>

NEW: Research from Australia to Create a Water-Secure LA


What I witnessed in Australia truly shifted my thinking. Once I returned home, I found myself waking up in the middle of the night, thinking about how to transform LA to capture and conserve water.

-study trip delegate Councilmember Felipe Fuentes

TreePeople is proud to announce the release of our new report, Transferring Lessons from Australia’s Millennium Drought to California.

California and Australia share many climatic, socioeconomic and demographic characteristics that lend themselves to meaningful exchanges of knowledge and innovations.Read more >>

Join Our Twitter Party to Celebrate #WorldWaterDay


Between 1997 to 2010, Australia experienced the devastating “Millennium Drought,” a period that brought the region’s longest stretch of drought on record. Four years in, their drought was similar to California’s current experience: overwhelming and destructive.

To learn from Australia’s experience, TreePeople has been leading the way in research to adopt drought solutions locally. In 2014, TreePeople and The Energy Coalition co-organized a delegation of policymakers and elected officials to some of Australia’s most innovative cities to learn from their drought solutions.Read more >>

How we captured 80k gallons in recent storms!

TreePeople cistern construction Coldwater Canyon Park photo by TreePeople

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 >>