Awards & Accolades


For the people of TreePeople, our greatest reward is knowing that we're helping make our city and world a better place for people to live, work and play. But we are honored to have received many awards and praises for our efforts over the years. Among them:

Major awards and fellowships received



  • Los Angeles Business Journal Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Award, Category: "Nonprofit Team"


  • Air Award for Public Education on Air Quality Issues from AQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District)


  • Boeing Employees Community Fund, Community Hero
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council for the TreePeople Center for Community Forestry Conference Center


  • Environment Now announces TreePeople’s Sun Valley Watershed project as one of the Top Achievements of the Environmental Community in California for 2006


  • Los Angeles Business Council Sustainability Award for the TreePeople Center for Community Forestry Conference Center during their 36th Annual Architectural Awards program. (Marmol Radziner + Associates)
  • LA River Award for a Public Employee or Group from the City Council that goes above and beyond standards in supporting the LA River, its watershed, and the principles of the Ac Hoc River Committee with vision, commitment, and action


  • Education Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation


  • Spirit of the Land Award; the U.S. Winter Olympics honored TreePeople for its Schoolyard Explorers Program during the presentation at the Olympic Games in Park City, Utah
  • Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board Award for Water Quality Conservation for advancing an integrated approach to urban watershed management (Andy received an honorable mention award as well)
  • Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Environmental Education (California’ highest environmental honor)


  • Presidents Award for Extraordinary Service to the Watershed from the Los Angeles and San Gabriel River Watershed Council


  • 440th Point of Light (TreePeople), designation by President George H.W. Bush

Andy Lipkis


  •  Ashoka Fellow


  •  Distinguished Leadership Award, Citizen Planner, Los Angeles American Planning Association


  •  Boeing Employees Community Fund, Community Hero

  •  Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Program


  •  Water Quality Conservation Award, L.A. Regional Water Quality Control Board


  •  American Forests Lifetime Achievement Award (with Kate Lipkis)

  • Donald Hagman Award from the Southern California Association of Governments Advisory Council for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of life in the Southern California region (shared with Dorothy Green)


  • UN Environment Programme, Global 500 Roll of Honour (with Kate Lipkis)
  • Region 9 EPA Environmentalist of the Year


  • National Philanthropy Day, Founder of the Year

To learn more about TreePeople's growth over the years, see our History page.