Thank you Third quarter Donors! TreePeople revamps Web site

For 36 years, TreePeople members have generously provided the foundation for
our continuing programs. Membership makes a huge difference and we thank all
our donors for their special gifts.
Benefactors of the
President’s Club
($100,000+)
The Walt Disney Company
Patrons of the
President’s Club
($50,000-$99,999)
The Boeing Company
Stone Family Fund
Redwood Circle
of the Grove
($25,000-$49,999)
Spike TV, 38th Floor
Productions
Sequoia Circle
of the Grove
($10,000-$24,999)
The Kayne Foundation
Steve Martin
Sue Ann &
Richard Masson
Margaret Maw
Kenneth T. & Eileen L.
Norris Foundation
Northrop Grumman
Ronald S. Thomson
Family
Leadership Circle
of the Grove
($5,000-$9,999)
Dr. Nancy Gibbs
Harriet & Richard Gold
Sycamore Circle of Grove
($2,500-$4,999)
Roger Brossy
Julie Erwin
Caroline & George Kinkle
Grove Members
($1,000-$2,499)
Elie & Michele Atias
Robert Baumann
Deborah & Andy Bogen
Bonnie Brae
Lisabeth Collins
Carolyn & Steven Conner
Laurie Coots
David Devine
Madelyn & Bruce
Glickfeld
Anita Hirsh
Vanessa Hodge
Jill & Gerben Hoeksma
Marjorie Hoskinson
Youriy & Shannon Iliev
Chris & Penny Irwin Black
Jena & Michael King
Lynn Loeb &
Dennis Wilson
John Murphy
Judith R. Nelson
Rosanne O’Brien
Carolyn Ramsay &
Andy Goodman
Deborah Ricketts
Miriam & Tom Schulman
The Shapiro Family
Charitable Found
Sidney Stern
Memorial Trust
Sybil Stoller
Scott Vaughan
Patricia & Arthur
Worthington
Golden Leaf Members
($500-$999)
Rachelle & Ed Begley, Jr.
Melinda Benedek
Christina Benson &
Kenneth Wells
Philippa Calnan
Harry & Denise Chandler
Jennifer Fulkerson
Barbara Goodridge
Mark Gordon
Leslee Hackenson &
Roger Allers
Matthew Herman
Candace Hirsch
Rebecca Kahn
Pamela & Peter Kelly
Robin & Bill Lappen
Diana Lidow
Phillips & Emily Marshall
Sally Maslon Fund
Arlene Meyerson
Alejandro Ortiz
Jim Ostach
Beverly Jeanne Ryman
Thomas Safran
Arnie & Marla Schwartz
Robert & Elizabeth Scott
Nadav Serensieb
G. Elda Zeldis
TreePeople Revamps
Web site
TreePeople rings in 2009 with
a completely redesigned Web site
featuring streamlined content, new
technology and fresh images. Our aim
is to educate and inspire people to do
their part to help create functioning
community forests. Volunteer users will
benefit from a customized calendar of
events allowing them to instantly register. The new site also features training
tools, discussion forums, e-commerce,
and more! Check out the new look at
www.treepeople.org.
Sign-up Online for TreePeople Action Alerts! Visit www.treepeople.org to get started.
Annette Bening Helps Launch TreePeople Center
$10-Million Public Education Resource Serves Youth and Adults
together to transform neighborhoods into
sustainable ecosystems that act like a natural
forest.
The new facilities include: The S. Mark
Taper Foundation Environmental Learning
Center, a training classroom for students and
adults; The W. M. Keck Foundation Nursery
for growing native plants to restore damaged
local watersheds; the La Kretz Urban Watershed
Garden offering hands-on exhibits to teach
water harvesting and conservation; the LEED®
(Leadership Energy and Environmental Design)
platinum-certified Conference Center; and
L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, TreePeople Founder and President Andy
Lipkis, actor Annette Bening, and L.A. City Councilmember Wendy Greuel join the
a 216,000-gallon underground cistern that
ribbon cutting ceremony of TreePeople’s Center for Community Forestry.
collects and stores rainwater from the buildings,
grounds and parking lot for later use in landOn October 2, 2008, actor Annette
scape irrigation.
Bening
helped
celebrate
the
opening
Design of TreePeople’s Center was provided
I’m inspired by
of TreePeople’s Center for Community by Marmol Radziner and Associates, Mia Lehrer
TreePeople’s work to
Forestry. This four-acre, $10-million environ- & Associates and Carlos Madrid III of DMJM
use trees as visible
mental educational campus, located in Coldwater Design / AECOM. Major funding was provided
models of sustainability
by the City of Los Angeles Proposition K
Canyon Park, is primed to serve more than
and to also help
Program, Kresge Foundation, Lawrence Deutsch
70,000 visitors annually.
transform Los Angeles Foundation, Lloyd Rigler, Morton La Kretz,
“Forests have always been the life support
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, S. Mark
into a truly green city.
system for the planet,” said Bening. “I’m
Taper Foundation, and W. M. Keck Foundation.
inspired by TreePeople’s work to use trees as
– Annette Bening
To learn more visit www.treepeople.org.
visible models of sustainability and to also help
transform Los Angeles into a truly green city.”
Bening joined school children at the
ribbon cutting event at TreePeople Center,
where attendees learned basic principles of how
natural forests function and simple ways to apply
these principles in an urban setting to actively
prevent – and protect against – climate change,
water and air pollution, and water shortages.
The Center supports TreePeople’s vision
Each year, 10,000 children from all over Los Angeles
of creating “functioning community forests”
County will enjoy trips to TreePeople’s “mountain fountain”
throughout Los Angeles, where people come
during environmental Eco-tour field trips.
Photo by Laurie Kaufman
Check out our
new Web site!
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Thank You Third Quarter Donors!
necessary and easy to do, especially if we work together.
TreePeople’s unique skill is to bring people of all ages and
walks of life together to discover their power to make a lasting difference. We educate youth and adults about the living
ecosystem in our cities known as the community forest. We
demonstrate how to take the benefits of trees and restore the
way the forest functions in our city and surrounding natural
areas. At the Center, TreePeople uses forest-mimicking
features such as cisterns, water-conserving plants, permeable
surfaces, and mulch to harvest rainwater. This water is used
for irrigation and reduces our reliance on imported water,
thus lowering our high energy costs.
Together we can green our cities and, in the process,
respond quickly and effectively to the challenges of climate
change. We hope you’ll join us on this tree-shaded pathway
to a greener future.
Andy Lipkis, TreePeople Founder & President
Eco Calendar
TreePeople volunteers and staff support many events each month. Below are just a few of our many
activities. To receive our monthly e-calendar, contact [email protected]; or for a complete calendar listing, please visit
www.treepeople.org.
Join TreePeople and the Mountains Restoration
Trust for a morning of habitat restoration. This
park, previously burned by fire, needs our help
to restore biodiversity and ecological balance.
To register, visit www.treepeople.org or contact
Lisa Sotelo at [email protected] or
(818) 623-4879.
Sunday, January 11, Million Trees LA Park
Planting, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., West L.A.
Come help plant trees in this West L.A. park!
Emmanuel El-Helou is working towards his
prestigious Eagle Scout award. Join his team
to help plant trees in this beautiful park. To
register visit www.treepeople.org or contact
Lisa Sotelo at [email protected] or
(818) 623-4879.
January 3 to January 25, Fruit Tree Distribution,
SF Valley, East L.A., South Bay/Harbor Area
Winter 2009
Join our annual fruit tree distribution! This year
we’re giving away 12,000 fruit trees to underserved groups and we need volunteers to help
with pruning, prepping and pick-up. To register,
volume 32 number 1
published quarterly
Editor: Laurie Kaufman
Photo Editor: Juan Villegas
Design: KK Design
visit www.treepeople.org or contact Lisa Sotelo
at [email protected] or (818) 623-4879.
M ember B enefit
Saturday, February 7, Street Tree Planting,
9 a.m. to noon, Venice
Citizen Forester Amy Harvey and her neighbors
are beautifing this lovely Venice neighborhood.
To register, visit www.treepeople.org or contact
Lisa Sotelo at [email protected] or
(818) 623-4879.
Saturday, February 21, Generation Earth
Water Pollution Prevention Workshop,
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., TreePeople Center
for Community Forestry
FREE for Los Angeles County middle and high
school teachers, students, administrators, and
non-formal educators wanting to create a campus
water pollution prevention project. For more
information, contact [email protected]
Sunday, March 1, Mountain Restoration, 9 a.m.
to noon, Santa Monica Mountains
Mountains Restoration Trust and TreePeople
are helping restore a beautiful preserve in the
Santa Monica Mountains. To register, visit
www.treepeople.org or contact Lisa Sotelo at
[email protected] or (818) 623-4879.
TreePeople’s mission
TreePeople is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire,
engage and support people to
take personal responsibility for
the urban environment, making
it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable and to share the results as a
model for the world.
Subscription
and membership information
TreePeople
12601 Mulholland Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(818)753-4600
www.treepeople.org
TreePeople is a 501(c)3 nonprofit
organization.
TreePeople
members receive
a 20% discount on
handmade sterling
silver custom belt
buckles, jewelry
& accessories
Pat A r e ias
Ste r ling
9625 Brighton Way
(off Rodeo Drive)
Beverly Hills
(310) 858-9030
www.patareias.com
TreePeople Board of Directors
Ruth Y. Goldway
Steve Richards, Chair
Margaret Coe Light, Vice Chair Jim Hardie
Ray A. Landy
Gwyn Quillen, Audit Chair
Andy Lipkis
Dennis Arnold
Lee Lipkis
Walt Burkley
Sara Nichols
Jean Aubuchon Cinader
Mary Carol Rudin
Harry Dolman
David Zucker
Edgar Dymally
The San Bernardino National Forest has suffered major fire devastation in
recent years and volunteers are needed to help restore damaged forest lands.
Students from L.A. County middle and high schools gathered to learn
leadership skills to bring back to their schools and ecology clubs.
Are you concerned about the fate of our fire-ravaged
mountains and wilderness areas? Are you troubled by
local forests dying from drought and disease? Now you
can do something to support these vital parts of our watersheds and sources of clean air.
Thanks to generous support from The Boeing
Corporation and The Walt Disney Company, TreePeople
is recruiting, training and leading volunteers to tackle the
multi-year challenge of restoring and reforesting forests
and open spaces throughout Southern California.
We need YOU to be trained as a volunteer leader to
help spread the word, get your hands dirty planting trees
and pull out invasive species. Only you can make this very
ambitious challenge a reality. Visit TreePeople’s new Web
site and sign up to be part of this historic effort and then
join our partners Mountains Restoration Trust, the U.S.
Forest Service, San Bernardino National Forest Association and others as we restore open spaces to their original,
green, hard-working condition.
To learn more, visit www.treepeople.org or email
[email protected]
On Friday, October 10, L.A. County’s Generation Earth
program held its annual Teen Forum at the ABC/Disney
Studios in Burbank.
More than 100 students from more than 20 L.A.
County middle and high schools participated in activities
and presentations that deepened their understanding of
environmental issues specific to Los Angeles. Students
received resources and tools to create projects on their
campuses or in their communities that have a positive
environmental impact.
Jamie Keyser, Community Relations Director for The
Walt Disney Company, welcomed student participants and
applauded them for their commitment in taking the lead
in environmental stewardship with their peers.
Student-led project ideas included campus-wide
recycling campaigns, e-waste collections, beach and river
clean ups, campus gardens, and tree plantings.
To learn more about Generation Earth’s Teen Action
Program contact Loyda Ramos at [email protected]
V olunteer H ighlight : R ich W aters , C itizen F orester
Do You Know?
TreePeople has been instrumental in the passage of
several critical pieces of state legislation that will have
beneficial impact on urban forestry issues in Los Angeles
and throughout California. TreePeople identified and
helped craft several pieces of legislation and provided
continous support to ensure the legislation success of the
following two bills.
•AB 2045 updates and broadens the Urban Forestry Act
of 1978. This bill highlights the role urban forests play
in reducing greenhouse gases, improving air and water
quality, conserving energy and water, and providing recreation and other environmental benefits.
•SB 732 establishes a cabinet-level “Strategic Growth
Council”. This Council will serve as a forum to coordinate
infrastructure spending to assist in the development of
sustainable communities, and to address land use-related
causes and impacts of climate change.
I first started with TreePeople in 1990
by taking a Citizen Forester training. I
just showed up after hearing stories about
this great group of people who did great
ecological things.
My real work with TreePeople started
in 1992 when I received funding for a tree planting on my
street and subsequently planted 19 deodar cedar trees. Those
trees are now 25 feet tall.
Over the years I’ve volunteered at tree plantings and
tree care events at schools, streets, parks and mountain areas.
One of my favorite moments took place at a tree planting
on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. It started raining heavily
and I was decked out in shorts, a TreePeople t-shirt and my
signature fuchsia socks. I was dripping wet from head to toe
and stood in the doorway of an upscale boutique, urging the
people inside to PLEASE water the trees we had just planted.
I was joking of course!
TreePeople has allowed me to participate in an ever
growing community of like-minded Angelinos dedicated to
improving the earth by planting trees.
2
3
Seedling News
The TreePeople Center for Community
Forestry is now open and represents a
pathway to a healthy, green future. TreePeople built its new facilities so
visitors can see tangible, immediate and
easy steps they can take to create a
sustainable Los Angeles and also help
prevent global warming and adapt to the consequences
of climate change.
Nearly 40 years of knowledge about this issue have
resulted in very little societal action because of government
inability to impose “lifestyle change” on its citizens. TreePeople’s unique approach is to attract and inspire people
to make environmentally sustainable choices at home, work
and school. Our new facilities demonstrate how each home
or office can beautifully and dramatically reduce energy,
water use and waste. These lifestyle changes are reasonable,
Photo by Loyda Ramos
Saturday, January 10, ‘Weed War,’
9 a.m. to noon, Malibu
Teen Forum
Calling Mountain Forestry Volunteers!
Courtesy of TreePeople
Photo by Melinda Kelley
A Pathway to Hope
necessary and easy to do, especially if we work together.
TreePeople’s unique skill is to bring people of all ages and
walks of life together to discover their power to make a lasting difference. We educate youth and adults about the living
ecosystem in our cities known as the community forest. We
demonstrate how to take the benefits of trees and restore the
way the forest functions in our city and surrounding natural
areas. At the Center, TreePeople uses forest-mimicking
features such as cisterns, water-conserving plants, permeable
surfaces, and mulch to harvest rainwater. This water is used
for irrigation and reduces our reliance on imported water,
thus lowering our high energy costs.
Together we can green our cities and, in the process,
respond quickly and effectively to the challenges of climate
change. We hope you’ll join us on this tree-shaded pathway
to a greener future.
Andy Lipkis, TreePeople Founder & President
Eco Calendar
TreePeople volunteers and staff support many events each month. Below are just a few of our many
activities. To receive our monthly e-calendar, contact [email protected]; or for a complete calendar listing, please visit
www.treepeople.org.
Join TreePeople and the Mountains Restoration
Trust for a morning of habitat restoration. This
park, previously burned by fire, needs our help
to restore biodiversity and ecological balance.
To register, visit www.treepeople.org or contact
Lisa Sotelo at [email protected] or
(818) 623-4879.
Sunday, January 11, Million Trees LA Park
Planting, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., West L.A.
Come help plant trees in this West L.A. park!
Emmanuel El-Helou is working towards his
prestigious Eagle Scout award. Join his team
to help plant trees in this beautiful park. To
register visit www.treepeople.org or contact
Lisa Sotelo at [email protected] or
(818) 623-4879.
January 3 to January 25, Fruit Tree Distribution,
SF Valley, East L.A., South Bay/Harbor Area
Winter 2009
Join our annual fruit tree distribution! This year
we’re giving away 12,000 fruit trees to underserved groups and we need volunteers to help
with pruning, prepping and pick-up. To register,
volume 32 number 1
published quarterly
Editor: Laurie Kaufman
Photo Editor: Juan Villegas
Design: KK Design
visit www.treepeople.org or contact Lisa Sotelo
at [email protected] or (818) 623-4879.
M ember B enefit
Saturday, February 7, Street Tree Planting,
9 a.m. to noon, Venice
Citizen Forester Amy Harvey and her neighbors
are beautifing this lovely Venice neighborhood.
To register, visit www.treepeople.org or contact
Lisa Sotelo at [email protected] or
(818) 623-4879.
Saturday, February 21, Generation Earth
Water Pollution Prevention Workshop,
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., TreePeople Center
for Community Forestry
FREE for Los Angeles County middle and high
school teachers, students, administrators, and
non-formal educators wanting to create a campus
water pollution prevention project. For more
information, contact [email protected]
Sunday, March 1, Mountain Restoration, 9 a.m.
to noon, Santa Monica Mountains
Mountains Restoration Trust and TreePeople
are helping restore a beautiful preserve in the
Santa Monica Mountains. To register, visit
www.treepeople.org or contact Lisa Sotelo at
[email protected] or (818) 623-4879.
TreePeople’s mission
TreePeople is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire,
engage and support people to
take personal responsibility for
the urban environment, making
it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable and to share the results as a
model for the world.
Subscription
and membership information
TreePeople
12601 Mulholland Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(818)753-4600
www.treepeople.org
TreePeople is a 501(c)3 nonprofit
organization.
TreePeople
members receive
a 20% discount on
handmade sterling
silver custom belt
buckles, jewelry
& accessories
Pat A r e ias
Ste r ling
9625 Brighton Way
(off Rodeo Drive)
Beverly Hills
(310) 858-9030
www.patareias.com
TreePeople Board of Directors
Ruth Y. Goldway
Steve Richards, Chair
Margaret Coe Light, Vice Chair Jim Hardie
Ray A. Landy
Gwyn Quillen, Audit Chair
Andy Lipkis
Dennis Arnold
Lee Lipkis
Walt Burkley
Sara Nichols
Jean Aubuchon Cinader
Mary Carol Rudin
Harry Dolman
David Zucker
Edgar Dymally
The San Bernardino National Forest has suffered major fire devastation in
recent years and volunteers are needed to help restore damaged forest lands.
Students from L.A. County middle and high schools gathered to learn
leadership skills to bring back to their schools and ecology clubs.
Are you concerned about the fate of our fire-ravaged
mountains and wilderness areas? Are you troubled by
local forests dying from drought and disease? Now you
can do something to support these vital parts of our watersheds and sources of clean air.
Thanks to generous support from The Boeing
Corporation and The Walt Disney Company, TreePeople
is recruiting, training and leading volunteers to tackle the
multi-year challenge of restoring and reforesting forests
and open spaces throughout Southern California.
We need YOU to be trained as a volunteer leader to
help spread the word, get your hands dirty planting trees
and pull out invasive species. Only you can make this very
ambitious challenge a reality. Visit TreePeople’s new Web
site and sign up to be part of this historic effort and then
join our partners Mountains Restoration Trust, the U.S.
Forest Service, San Bernardino National Forest Association and others as we restore open spaces to their original,
green, hard-working condition.
To learn more, visit www.treepeople.org or email
[email protected]
On Friday, October 10, L.A. County’s Generation Earth
program held its annual Teen Forum at the ABC/Disney
Studios in Burbank.
More than 100 students from more than 20 L.A.
County middle and high schools participated in activities
and presentations that deepened their understanding of
environmental issues specific to Los Angeles. Students
received resources and tools to create projects on their
campuses or in their communities that have a positive
environmental impact.
Jamie Keyser, Community Relations Director for The
Walt Disney Company, welcomed student participants and
applauded them for their commitment in taking the lead
in environmental stewardship with their peers.
Student-led project ideas included campus-wide
recycling campaigns, e-waste collections, beach and river
clean ups, campus gardens, and tree plantings.
To learn more about Generation Earth’s Teen Action
Program contact Loyda Ramos at [email protected]
V olunteer H ighlight : R ich W aters , C itizen F orester
Do You Know?
TreePeople has been instrumental in the passage of
several critical pieces of state legislation that will have
beneficial impact on urban forestry issues in Los Angeles
and throughout California. TreePeople identified and
helped craft several pieces of legislation and provided
continous support to ensure the legislation success of the
following two bills.
•AB 2045 updates and broadens the Urban Forestry Act
of 1978. This bill highlights the role urban forests play
in reducing greenhouse gases, improving air and water
quality, conserving energy and water, and providing recreation and other environmental benefits.
•SB 732 establishes a cabinet-level “Strategic Growth
Council”. This Council will serve as a forum to coordinate
infrastructure spending to assist in the development of
sustainable communities, and to address land use-related
causes and impacts of climate change.
I first started with TreePeople in 1990
by taking a Citizen Forester training. I
just showed up after hearing stories about
this great group of people who did great
ecological things.
My real work with TreePeople started
in 1992 when I received funding for a tree planting on my
street and subsequently planted 19 deodar cedar trees. Those
trees are now 25 feet tall.
Over the years I’ve volunteered at tree plantings and
tree care events at schools, streets, parks and mountain areas.
One of my favorite moments took place at a tree planting
on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. It started raining heavily
and I was decked out in shorts, a TreePeople t-shirt and my
signature fuchsia socks. I was dripping wet from head to toe
and stood in the doorway of an upscale boutique, urging the
people inside to PLEASE water the trees we had just planted.
I was joking of course!
TreePeople has allowed me to participate in an ever
growing community of like-minded Angelinos dedicated to
improving the earth by planting trees.
2
3
Seedling News
The TreePeople Center for Community
Forestry is now open and represents a
pathway to a healthy, green future. TreePeople built its new facilities so
visitors can see tangible, immediate and
easy steps they can take to create a
sustainable Los Angeles and also help
prevent global warming and adapt to the consequences
of climate change.
Nearly 40 years of knowledge about this issue have
resulted in very little societal action because of government
inability to impose “lifestyle change” on its citizens. TreePeople’s unique approach is to attract and inspire people
to make environmentally sustainable choices at home, work
and school. Our new facilities demonstrate how each home
or office can beautifully and dramatically reduce energy,
water use and waste. These lifestyle changes are reasonable,
Photo by Loyda Ramos
Saturday, January 10, ‘Weed War,’
9 a.m. to noon, Malibu
Teen Forum
Calling Mountain Forestry Volunteers!
Courtesy of TreePeople
Photo by Melinda Kelley
A Pathway to Hope
For 36 years, TreePeople members have generously provided the foundation for
our continuing programs. Membership makes a huge difference and we thank all
our donors for their special gifts.
Benefactors of the
President’s Club
($100,000+)
The Walt Disney Company
Patrons of the
President’s Club
($50,000-$99,999)
The Boeing Company
Stone Family Fund
Redwood Circle
of the Grove
($25,000-$49,999)
Spike TV, 38th Floor
Productions
Sequoia Circle
of the Grove
($10,000-$24,999)
The Kayne Foundation
Steve Martin
Sue Ann &
Richard Masson
Margaret Maw
Kenneth T. & Eileen L.
Norris Foundation
Northrop Grumman
Ronald S. Thomson
Family
Leadership Circle
of the Grove
($5,000-$9,999)
Dr. Nancy Gibbs
Harriet & Richard Gold
Sycamore Circle of Grove
($2,500-$4,999)
Roger Brossy
Julie Erwin
Caroline & George Kinkle
Grove Members
($1,000-$2,499)
Elie & Michele Atias
Robert Baumann
Deborah & Andy Bogen
Bonnie Brae
Lisabeth Collins
Carolyn & Steven Conner
Laurie Coots
David Devine
Madelyn & Bruce
Glickfeld
Anita Hirsh
Vanessa Hodge
Jill & Gerben Hoeksma
Marjorie Hoskinson
Youriy & Shannon Iliev
Chris & Penny Irwin Black
Jena & Michael King
Lynn Loeb &
Dennis Wilson
John Murphy
Judith R. Nelson
Rosanne O’Brien
Carolyn Ramsay &
Andy Goodman
Deborah Ricketts
Miriam & Tom Schulman
The Shapiro Family
Charitable Found
Sidney Stern
Memorial Trust
Sybil Stoller
Scott Vaughan
Patricia & Arthur
Worthington
Golden Leaf Members
($500-$999)
Rachelle & Ed Begley, Jr.
Melinda Benedek
Christina Benson &
Kenneth Wells
Philippa Calnan
Harry & Denise Chandler
Jennifer Fulkerson
Barbara Goodridge
Mark Gordon
Leslee Hackenson &
Roger Allers
Matthew Herman
Candace Hirsch
Rebecca Kahn
Pamela & Peter Kelly
Robin & Bill Lappen
Diana Lidow
Phillips & Emily Marshall
Sally Maslon Fund
Arlene Meyerson
Alejandro Ortiz
Jim Ostach
Beverly Jeanne Ryman
Thomas Safran
Arnie & Marla Schwartz
Robert & Elizabeth Scott
Nadav Serensieb
G. Elda Zeldis
TreePeople Revamps
Web site
TreePeople rings in 2009 with
a completely redesigned Web site
featuring streamlined content, new
technology and fresh images. Our aim
is to educate and inspire people to do
their part to help create functioning
community forests. Volunteer users will
benefit from a customized calendar of
events allowing them to instantly register. The new site also features training
tools, discussion forums, e-commerce,
and more! Check out the new look at
www.treepeople.org.
Sign-up Online for TreePeople Action Alerts! Visit www.treepeople.org to get started.
Annette Bening Helps Launch TreePeople Center
$10-Million Public Education Resource Serves Youth and Adults
together to transform neighborhoods into
sustainable ecosystems that act like a natural
forest.
The new facilities include: The S. Mark
Taper Foundation Environmental Learning
Center, a training classroom for students and
adults; The W. M. Keck Foundation Nursery
for growing native plants to restore damaged
local watersheds; the La Kretz Urban Watershed
Garden offering hands-on exhibits to teach
water harvesting and conservation; the LEED®
(Leadership Energy and Environmental Design)
platinum-certified Conference Center; and
L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, TreePeople Founder and President Andy
Lipkis, actor Annette Bening, and L.A. City Councilmember Wendy Greuel join the
a 216,000-gallon underground cistern that
ribbon cutting ceremony of TreePeople’s Center for Community Forestry.
collects and stores rainwater from the buildings,
grounds and parking lot for later use in landOn October 2, 2008, actor Annette
scape irrigation.
Bening
helped
celebrate
the
opening
Design of TreePeople’s Center was provided
I’m inspired by
of TreePeople’s Center for Community by Marmol Radziner and Associates, Mia Lehrer
TreePeople’s work to
Forestry. This four-acre, $10-million environ- & Associates and Carlos Madrid III of DMJM
use trees as visible
mental educational campus, located in Coldwater Design / AECOM. Major funding was provided
models of sustainability
by the City of Los Angeles Proposition K
Canyon Park, is primed to serve more than
and to also help
Program, Kresge Foundation, Lawrence Deutsch
70,000 visitors annually.
transform Los Angeles Foundation, Lloyd Rigler, Morton La Kretz,
“Forests have always been the life support
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, S. Mark
into a truly green city.
system for the planet,” said Bening. “I’m
Taper Foundation, and W. M. Keck Foundation.
inspired by TreePeople’s work to use trees as
– Annette Bening
To learn more visit www.treepeople.org.
visible models of sustainability and to also help
transform Los Angeles into a truly green city.”
Bening joined school children at the
ribbon cutting event at TreePeople Center,
where attendees learned basic principles of how
natural forests function and simple ways to apply
these principles in an urban setting to actively
prevent – and protect against – climate change,
water and air pollution, and water shortages.
The Center supports TreePeople’s vision
Each year, 10,000 children from all over Los Angeles
of creating “functioning community forests”
County will enjoy trips to TreePeople’s “mountain fountain”
throughout Los Angeles, where people come
during environmental Eco-tour field trips.
Photo by Laurie Kaufman
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new Web site!
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