Happy Earth Month: Tip #4 Adopt and Care for a Tree

We’ve been celebrating Earth Day all month long right here on the blog with a few of our founder Andy Lipkis’ simple sustainable solutions — from his home to yours. So far, he’s shared his tips for installing rain barrels, his best practices for your sprinklers, and his passion for California native plant gardens. But now […]

Where and How Do You Think LA Should Be Capturing Rainwater? Tell Us!

Last month, we blogged about our partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to create the first-ever Stormwater Capture Master Plan and the public meeting we co-hosted to get input on the plan from Angelinos. We hope many of you were able to attend the meeting, but, for those of you who couldn’t, […]

Sustainable Spring! TreePeople’s 40th Birthday Bash, Garden Tours, DIY Workshops

Are you ready to spring into ACTION this spring? We are! And we’ve got some amazing new helpers, too: we’ve partnered with AltBuild, the Theodore Payne Foundation, Mar Vista’s Green Garden Showcase and the Water Wise Expo to bring you a whole season of learning and proactive events to save water, harvest rain, and transform L.A.’s […]

NBC Covers TreePeople Drought Response Forum

It’s rare that a short news story can give the big picture, but NBC 4 did just that last night on the 6 o’clock news. (Click here to watch the whole segment.) The NBC news team started at City Hall yesterday morning, where TreePeople hosted the forum: In Case of Emergency, Plant Trees, which brought […]

Can Captured Rain Be a Meaningful Part of LA’s Water Supply?

Here’s a sobering statistic: for every inch of rainfall that falls in the City of Los Angeles, 3.8 billion gallons of water is lost to run off. In the last storm, even though only 3.29 inches of rain fell in Los Angeles, we lost 12.5 billion gallons of precious water. Add to that the fact that […]

The Surprising Nature Activity Both Girls and Boys Enjoy

This last Saturday, March 8, we had the great pleasure of participating in The Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair at The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. We got to take a short but invigorating hike through the Arboretum, sit in on a worm composting lesson, cuddle with adorable pups at the Pasadena Humane Society’s booth, and […]

Pacoima Fruit Tree Festival Success: 800 Fruit Trees Distributed

While we were thrilled about the recent rainfall, we must admit we were a little nervous about how it would impact last Saturday’s fruit tree distribution festival at Roger Jessup Park in Pacoima. We needn’t have worried. Enthusiasm and dedication trumped the grey skies: we distributed more than 800 bare-root trees to local residents and […]

TreePeople’s Rainwater Cistern Captures 81,000 Gallons of Water

Over the course of the last week, we finally got some real rain. In fact, this is by far the most rain the greater L.A. area has seen since December 2010! Great news, indeed. But was it enough to make a difference for our city and our trees in this awful drought? Here at TreePeople, […]

Drought Conference Call: Learn from TreePeople’s Founder and President Andy Lipkis

Without water there are no trees, and without trees there is no water. So long as this record-breaking drought persists, Southern California’s quality and way of life remain threatened. TreePeople is on the front lines working with government agencies and utilities to produce a coordinated response to our water crisis so that we keep our […]

Watts Neighborhood Kids Share Fruit Trees with Their Community

Nearly thirty students in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles rose at 7 AM last Saturday to spend the day at their high school Alliance Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy, or Simon Tech, as everyone seems to call it. If you know teenagers, this fact alone is remarkable. But it gets even better. […]

Plant Some Love and Trees This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just 7 days away and even though store shelves have been overflowing with candy hearts for weeks already, we’re willing to bet you still haven’t given much thought to your Feast of Saint Valentine shopping list. And while we’d never suggest you forgo that box of chocolate, why not do something a […]

California Drought: Survive and Thrive with TreePeople Solutions

Part of our mission here at TreePeople is to be a source of practical information and solutions that can help keep every Angeleno safe and healthy, especially in times of extreme weather and natural forces such as the current drought emergency. Even in the face of projected hotter and more erratic weather patterns, we can still move […]