TreePeople helps lead, facilitate and guide the creation of the City of LA’s first ever Stormwater Capture Master Plan. TreePeople becomes a key partner on the team, along with LADWP and its engineering consultant, to guide the process through a two-year timeframe. TreePeople’s role helped to ensure the end result contained progressive projects and policies, included significant community engagement and support, and incorporated best practices TreePeople has provided from extensive research. The Plan determined how to supply up to 45% of our water locally.


TreePeople joins the California Environmental Literacy Task Force, a statewide initiative that is dedicated to supporting environmental literacy for all students.


TreePeople Celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

2012 – 2014

In 2012, TreePeople takes a research trip to Australia as part of an information and best practices exchange program between government, research and community organizations in Australia and Southern California, aimed at sharing innovations, best practices in urban rainwater capture and water conservation practices. A particular focus is on identifying successes, challenges and lessons learned from Australia’s  “Millennium Drought” as a way to help prepare Southern California to develop and implement a sustainable approach to meeting its water needs.  In October 2014, TreePeople and The Energy Coalition partnered to organize and lead a delegation of policymakers and elected officials from throughout California — including representatives from federal, state, regional and local levels — to experience and evaluate a range of urban water- and climate-resilience solutions underway in Australia.


As of 2011, the organization had planted over 2 million trees in the Los Angeles area.


TreePeople, as part of a partnership led by The Council for Watershed Health who brought together local agencies and funding partners, completes the Elmer Avenue Neighborhood Retrofit that transformed a residential street into a model “green street” incorporating stormwater best management practices that capture and filter runoff from a 40-acre area, and help to reduce extreme flooding in the area.


TreePeople in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service launches Forest Aid to plant 35,000 seedlings and help restore the San Bernardino National Forest. Forest Aid was created in response to the 2007 and 2003 tragic wildfires where 185,000 acres burned in the San Bernardino National Forest. 


Actors Annette Bening and Ed Begley, Jr.  joined with TreePeople to celebrate the opening of the newly designed “hilltop” at Coldwater Canyon Park — TreePeople’s environmental educationl campus. Other than the LEED Platinum Conference Center and underground cistern, new features include the La Kretz Urban Watershed Demonstration Garden, The S. Mark Taper Foundation Environmental Learning Center, W. M. Keck Foundation Nursery, and Parking Grove.


In the summer of 2007 Lipkis served as special advisor to Mayor of Los Angeles’ climate change study. In August, 2007 Lipkis was featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio documentary, The 11th Hour, about the environmental crises caused by human actions and their impact on the planet. Also within the year, TreePeople was recognized in Edens Lost & Found, a nationally broadcast PBS program which highlighted the sustainability work of four U.S. cities.


TreePeople commits to helping the City of Los Angeles plant 300,000 trees in parklands to support Mayor Villaraigosa’s Million Trees LA Initiative. This work includes restoring fire-damaged Griffith Park.


TreePeople was honored to work closely with the County of Los Angeles to create the Sun Valley Watershed Management Plan, formally approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in July 2004, which is a large-scale project that supports alternative watershed management practices in a flood-ridden, 2,700 acre area of the NE San Fernando Valley. TreePeople has been involved in multiple aspects of the Plan, including installation of an infiltration field at Sun Valley Park, completed in 2010.


TreePeople completes construction on one of Los Angeles’ most sustainable buildings – the TreePeople Conference Center  — a  platinum-rated LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building and includes a 217,000-gallon cistern — underground holding tank — that captures rainwater from the building’s roof and filters runoff from the parking lot to supply TreePeople with water to irrigate the native gardens and trees.