$35 Million to Heal Watts

Watts’ history is a tangled fabric of beauty and tension. Like threads weaving through a quilt, its story is a mixed patchwork of personality, diversity– but also pain. Streets running through the city hold deep memories of conflict and fire, but like the Watts Towers, the people’s resilience and character are strong. It’s been 53 […]

What to Do with Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

While none of us want the holiday season to end, there comes a time where we must take down our lights, pack away our decorations and of course retire our Christmas trees. Even after their time passes, old Christmas trees still can still be a valuable part of a sustainable lifestyle. Mulching all the way […]

200 Volunteers, 57 Trees and a Hopeful Future

“One tree is magic when you have none, two trees are hope when you have one, and three trees are a forest for learning, healing, and dreams.” Rosa Furumoto, Parent Pioneers Last month, TreePeople, along with our passionate partners at Parent Pioneers, transformed the campus of San Fernando Elementary School. Our team went in and […]

#LAStormCatcher: Hope for LA’s Water Future

California is in the grips of a fifth year of drought, impacting our region’s water security. However, Los Angeles County communities can achieve a climate-resilient future and adapt to the impacts of ongoing heat, drought and pollution. It’s not just something that TreePeople believes– it’s something we’re actively working toward in partnership with our region’s largest water agencies. […]

Tree Planting Season Is Back!

Summer Tree Care This summer was not easy for LA’s trees. We’ve seen the impact these five years of drought have had– and with each heat wave this summer, we lost even more trees. We want trees to live, so in the summer we shift our focus to care for them get through these hotter hots […]

Media Round Up: #LAStormCatcher      

Yesterday TreePeople held a press conference with our agency partners, Mayor Garcetti, Supervisor Kuehl and Councilmember Krekorian to unveil the #LAStormCatcher pilot-to-scale project. The project brings together agencies and Southern California residents to capture the rain at scale in the face of ongoing drought and a predicted severe El Niño winter. The first pilot site, debuted yesterday in North […]

TreePeople Statement On Governor Jerry Brown’s Executive Order Setting Greenhouse Gas Emission Targets

TREEPEOPLE STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN’S BREAKING EXECUTIVE ORDER SETTING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION TARGETS LOS ANGELES, Calif.— Today Governor Jerry Brown signed an Executive Order calling for a greenhouse gas emissions target of 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. TreePeople applauds this move as it makes way for California to stay on track to reach […]

Victory for a More Climate-Resilient LA: Fuentes and Bonin’s Motion Approved by City Council

Today, by unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Council made a major move towards becoming a more climate-resilient city. Not only does LA face a current drought and worsening long-term water shortages, but we also are experiencing increased storm intensity and flooding when it does rain. Thanks to today’s passage of City Council members Felipe […]

Boys and Girls Club Youth Care for Local Park Trees

Engaging youth is a cornerstone of TreePeople’s values, dating back to when our founder Andy Lipkis started replanting forests at just 15 years old. In the spirit of our roots, we offered a group of teens from a local Boys and Girls Club a series of workshops leading up to a tree care event in […]

What Small Stowaway is Killing California’s Trees?

Have you ever heard of a little beetle named the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB)? Despite their small size, these little terrors (stowed away from Asia) are now packing a big punch, killing trees in droves in Southern California. How Trees Die Pregnant female beetles attack hundreds of tree species, boring under the bark and […]

Committees Pass LA Councilmember Felipe Fuentes’ “Green Streets” Motion

We’re proud to have helped LA City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes’ Green Sustainable Streets Motion (Council File 14-0748) that yesterday was approved to move on to the full City Council. Streets have been part of LA’s water problem for too long. They’ve been built as conduits to funnel stormwater quickly out into storm drains, creating polluted […]

KCET SoCal Connected: Capturing Rainwater One Rain Barrel at a Time

Last month during the height of the scant LA rainfall, KCET SoCal Connected’s Val Zavala interviewed our Founder and President, Andy Lipkis on the importance of capturing every drop that falls to wean our city off imported water and strengthen our local water supply.  Read on for the full story and be sure to watch […]