The communities of Los Angeles County can achieve a climate-resilient future and be better protected from flooding and drought. It's not just something that TreePeople believes. It's something we're actively working toward in partnership with the City and County of Los Angeles.
Surviving Drought and Climate Change: Lessons from Australia
Length: 9:17 minutes Released: 2015
What lessons can we learn from Australia's historic "Millennium Drought" to create a water-secure future for Los Angeles? Watch to learn more about TreePeople's expert delegation and how we can adapt to a changing climate.
An inspirational video about Andy Lipkis and how he founded TreePeople, his struggle to share the importance of trees and how his work has taught him that each of us really do make a difference in what choices we make every day. His story about the values of one oak tree and the services that it provides is not to be missed. Andy also provides insight into building healthier and more resilient cities.
TreePeople and LAUSD engaged in a year-long community collaboration to transform 4,000 square feet of asphalt at Main Street Elementary School in South L.A. into a thriving, sustainable urban forest. Thanks to the school's Green Team and 450 volunteers, the school yard now provides an outdoor classroom and a safe, clean place for kids to play!
Capture the Rain and Rebuild the Economy: It Can Happen Here!
Length: 5:40 minutes Released: October, 2011
This fun animation shows how reconnecting trees to our city's watersheds is one of the fastest ways to create lasting jobs while rebuilding local economies and preparing our communities to thrive and survive increasing threats of severe weather.
Andy Lipkis, Founder and President of TreePeople, talks about Elmer Avenue - a neighborhood in Los Angeles' NE San Fernando Valley that was transformed from a flood hazard zone into a model of sustainability.
NBC's TODAY Show features TreePeople & Andy Lipkis PART I
Length: 2:14 minutes Released: May 25, 2010
PART I: Watch TreePeople's Andy Lipkis on the Today Show's "What do you care about today?" segment. The Today Show is highlighting the work of several grassroots nonprofits in the U.S. that are making a positive difference in their communities.
NBC's TODAY Show features TreePeople & Andy Lipkis for $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Challenge Grant PART II
Length: 3:54 minutes Released: May 28, 2010
PART II: Join TreePeople's Andy Lipkis on the Today Show's "What do you care about today?" segment, sponsored by the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. TreePeople's $50,000 Pepsi Refresh grant will go towards training and equiping 3,500 volunteers to restore the heavily fire-damaged Angeles National Forest. Volunteers will revitalize the forest by planting trees and native plants so the ecosystem can once again provide critical water supply, air protection, habitat and recreation for generations to come.
Learn how to plant a 1-gallon tree in the Santa Monica Mountains with TreePeople's Oscar Sanchez. Steps include: 1) Tool safety; 2) Preparing the hole; 3) Digging and refilling the hole; 4) Tree placement; 5) Making a berm or watering basin; 6) Watering the tree; and 7) Applying mulch. Note: please remember to always check with local land management agencies before planting trees in public parks. (Video produced and directed by Stephen Readmond)
Smart Green Infrastructure: How to Grow Sustainable Cities
Length: 15:22 minutes Released: November 2008
Andy Lipkis, TreePeople Founder and President, explains how our organization pioneered an integrated approach to manage urban ecosystems as watersheds in the Los Angeles region and generate multiple solutions to environmental threats facing our cities.
Annette Bening Joins TreePeople to Launch the Center for Community Forestry
Length: 4:40 minutes Released: September 2008
Actor Annette Bening joined TreePeople to celebrate the opening of our Center for Community Forestry, a four-acre environmental educational campus where visitors learn how natural forests work and simple ways to apply these principles in an urban setting to prevent and protect against climate change, water and air pollution and water shortages. Click here to view other speeches from Andy Lipkis, Jody Noiron, Zev Yaroslavsky, Wendy Greuel and Joseph Edmiston.
LACCD Sustainability Conference 2007: Engaging Youth to Make an Impact
Length: 5:35 minutes Released: January 2008
Andy Lipkis, founder and president of TreePeople, talks about how TreePeople's engagement of local youth led to the success of Los Angeles' curbside recycling program, at Los Angeles Community College District's Sustainability Conference.
Join Principal Forester Laura Bauernfeind of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks on a tour of the Griffith Park burn areas. Includes images of the park not accessible to the public, land slides and inspiring new growth in the vulnerable, fire-baked soil.
PBS Edens Lost & Found Excerpt: Taking Lessons from the Forest to Create a Sustainable L.A.
Length: 3:55 minutes Released: January 2007
TreePeople's President and Founder Andy Lipkis talks about how TreePeople was founded and his vision for creating healthy, sustainable cities by taking lessons from the forests on PBS Edens Lost and Found. Includes an excerpt of Andy Lipkis' appearance on the Johnny Carson Show.
TreePeople Campus Forestry Program Greens Schools Across L.A.
Length: 7 minutes Released: October 2006
TreePeople has helped schools green their campuses for more than 10 years. We are experts in training school communities to organize tree planting projects and teaching children to be stewards of the urban environment. Watch how Los Angeles' Short Avenue Elementary School teachers, students and volunteers work together to take away asphalt and plant 100 trees on their campus.
TreePeople Campus Forestry Program Featured on TreeHugger TV
Length: 2:17 minutes Released: June 2006
TreeHugger TV features Rosecrans Elementary School in Compton, California as they bring TreePeople's Campus Forestry program on-site to help remove their playground asphalt and reduce the heat island effect. Students, teachers and volunteers learn the benefits of trees as they work together to plant 75 trees to increase shade and greenery on their campus.
TreePeople Volunteer Leader Joe Vargas Featured on CNN
Length: 1:57 minutes Released: May 2006
TreePeople depend on volunteer leaders like 71-year old Joe Vargas to engage volunteers for tree plantings across Los Angeles. Watch this inspirational clip of how Joe and students at Emerson Elementary School in Burbank, California are making a difference by greening their campus.
Urban Dreams - Remaking our Cities for Sustainability
Length: 56:25 minutes Released: January 30, 2006
TreePeople Founder and President Andy Lipkis talks about the importance of stopping the flow of polluted storm water into the ocean by reversing the waste of rainwater. TreePeople has created several demonstration projects around L.A. that capture, clean and store rainwater through a network of large cisterns and infiltration fields.
ABC World News - L.A. Looks at Harvesting Rain Water
Length: 2:46 minutes Released: March 2005
ABC World News™ Judy Muller takes you on a tour of TreePeople's pilot project at an elementary school where rainwater is captured, filtered and stored to irrigate a ball field and prevent polluted water from flowing into the Santa Monica Bay.
TreePeople Welcomes You to Help Change Our World, One Community at a Time
Length: 9:17 minutes
Take a short course in changing the world by watching TreePeople Founder and President Andy Lipkis talk about how we can all work together to help save our planet, starting with our own home and community.
Upscaling Goodness: Tree Huggers, Earth Accupuncture, and Community Forests
Los Angeles as a lighthouse of environmental restoration? You bet. After 40 years of increasingly connected neighborhood actions restoring the landscape of the City of Angels,Andy Lipkis and TreePeople, the legendary group he founded, are ready to scale up. Andy tells how TreePeople and friends are motivating millions of Angelenos to grow environmental and community interconnectedness across the entire L.A. watershed.
Majora Carter's The Promised Land, Earth Day Special with Andy Lipkis
Released: April 2009
Host Majora Carter interview's TreePeople's Andy Lipkis about how he got started, where he's going next, and how he convinced the L.A. school board to tear up 20 million square feet of asphalt — enough to pave 347 football fields.
Join in the Fun at TreePeople and Make an Impact in L.A.
Released: July 2008
The Southern California Experience on ESPN 710-AM talks with Jim Hardie about TreePeople's sustainable work in Los Angeles and the start of Once Upon a Canyon Night, a new season of live entertainment and classes at Coldwater Canyon Park.
"Los Arboles?" - Greening Los Angeles Through Tree Planting
Released: July 2006
Ingrid Lobet of Public Radio International's Living on Earth shares the announcement of Los Angeles to plant one million trees in the city. Hear a recap of the historic roots of TreePeople and the green future of tree planting in L.A.
"Connecting the Drops" - Designing Sustainable Cities
Bioneers Radio's Revolution from the Heart of Nature program asks Andy Lipkis if Los Angeles can stop draining water from the Colorado River and become self-sufficient? TreePeople is tackling this in an unprecedented alliance with public works agencies. Hear how the more we learn about how ecosystems operate, the more sustainable we can design our cities.