Andy Lipkis is an influential practical visionary whose ideas are shaping the ways we make cities more sustainable. He is both the subject of numerous articles and books, and the author of books, articles and opinion pieces.






Recent Articles about Andy Lipkis and TreePeople

KCET. Capturing Rainwater One Rain Barrel at a Time. January 2015

CNN, Los Angeles Can Teach us How to Conserve Water, January 2015

Wall Street Journal, L.A. Considers Ways to Collect Rainwater, December 2014

New York Times, Los Angeles, City of Water, December 2014

Jewish Journal, Sukkot, rain and Andy Lipkis' vision for L.A.'s salvation, October 2014

LA Times, Improvised devices help water drought-stricken L.A trees, August 2014

Planning Report, Australia’s Rainwater Cisterns Inspire TreePeople’s Lipkis, May 2014

Sierra Wave, TreePeople Works for Local LA Water Supply, April 2014

The Sheet, Could L.A. come off the water drip?, April 2014

Forbes, Three Social Entrepreneurs Already Working to Turn Extreme Weather into Local Opportunities, October 2012

LA Yoga, Healing our City by Anneke Campbell, April 2012

Huffington Post, TreePeople Improving Los Angeles’ Environment, May 2011

The Jewish Journal, The Home Front by Rob Eshman, December 8, 2010

The Planning Report, TreePeople's Urban Forest Principles Guide Retrofit of L.A., Interview, November 2010

U.S. News and World Report, 10 Service Groups That Are Making A Difference by Cathie Gandel, October 27, 2010

Daily Kos, Eco-Justice: Where am I Needed? How can I Help? by boatsie, October, 2010

LA Parent, Andy Lipkis: Plant Life, by Vivien Santana Hughes, April, 2010

Current Green, Van Jones: The Santa Claus of the Environmental Movement? by Leah Lamb

Readers Digest, Growing trees in the concrete jungle brings neighbors benefits beyond beauty by David Hochman, June, 2009

Cal. State University Northridge Daily Sundial, Environmental activist leads discussion on campus greening project by Linda Coburn, February 8, 2009

Grist, Andy Lipkis: Rebel with a cause by Kit Stolz, January 22, 2009

Ashoka, Andy Lipkis Ashoka Fellow Profile, 2008

Los Angeles Times, TreePeople’s Community Forestry Center Opens by Martha Groves, October 3, 2008

World Changing, T.R.E.E.S. in LA by Gil Friend, October 24, 2005

L.A. Weekly, Citizen Forester: Andy Lipkis speaks for the trees. Now he wants to solve our water problems too by Judith Lewis, April 14, 2005

Los Angeles Times, Sun Valley Sets Out to Harness Rainfall, By Miguel Bustillo, June 6, 2003

Los Angeles Times, For the Trees, for the People, Opinion, February 8, 2003

Bettertogether, Saguaro Seminar on Civic Engagement in America, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


Recent articles by Andy Lipkis


Los Angeles Times, Not Enough Water, L.A.? Look Up, November 4, 2013

Jewish Journal, The Shuttle, Trees and Social Justice, October 2012

WatershedWise, Engaging the Community to Restore, Care for, and Protect the Angeles, Spring, 2011

Daily News, Taking Care of the Trees Means Taking Care of Us, June 8, 2010

Huffington Post , There's a Hole in the Bucket, Dear Liza, January 30, 2010

Los Angeles Times, Blowback, Economic stimulus doesn't have to mean ecological disaster, December 11, 2008

UCLA Anderson Economic Forecast: Solutions for our State, 2008, Adapting California’s Cities to Fight Climate Change and Protect Against the Consequences

The Huffington Post

The Jewish Journal, Take Tu B’Shevat to heart and start healing nature, January 17, 2008


Recent presentation hand outs

The Water Front: Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

TreePeople Sustainability Diagram


Recent book contributions

Greenopia Los Angeles, Second Edition, 2008, Essay

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond (Vol. 2) Water-Harvesting Earthworks by Brad Lancaster, 2008, Foreword

Rainwater as a Resource: A Report on Three Sites Demonstrating Sustainable Stormwater Management, TreePeople, 2008, Introduction

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono, 2005, Introduction

Second Nature: Adapting LA’s Landscape for Sustainable Living, TreePeople, 1999, Preface


Published book

The Simple Act of Planting A Tree: Healing Your Neighborhood, Your City, and Your World, by Andy and Katie Lipkis and TreePeople, 1990


Books about Andy Lipkis

Tree Boy by Shirley Nagel, 1978

Books including Andy Lipkis

Keepers of the Trees: A Guide to Re-Greening North America by Ann Linnea, 2010

Dreamers in Dream City by Harry Brant Chandler, 2009

The Green Collar Economy by Van Jones, 2008

Nature's Operating Instructions from Bioneers