GOOD Maker Challenge: Make L.A. Greener With a Grant from TreePeople

This summer, TreePeople is looking to the GOOD community to find even more solutions to make Los Angeles green.

The next time you’re walking to the grocery store, biking to school, or taking the bus to work, take a minute to look around and see what natural benefits your community is lacking. Empty lots in need of native plant integration, long stretches of sidewalk calling for shade cover, inefficient water use, the list goes on.

Luckily, organizations like TreePeople are helping turn more and more of these spaces in Los Angeles into eco-friendly oases. In more than 30 years of work, TreePeople has planted more than 2 million trees in L.A., The group has also created Functioning Community Forests, urban communities "where local residents and businesspeople have joined together to transform their neighborhood into a sustainable ecosystem that functions like a healthy, natural forest." And they're just getting started.

This summer, TreePeople is looking to the GOOD community to find even more solutions to make Los Angeles green. The TreePeople 2012 Green City Challenge on GOOD Maker is open for submissions until June 25, and the group is looking for your sustainable solutions. Tell us how you would use supplies, expertise, and volunteer support from TreePeople and $500 in cash towards your project. From June 25 to July 14, rally your networks to vote for your idea. The winner will take home all the green: supplies, plants, resources, and grant dollars. Apply at

Want to learn more about GOOD Maker? Drop us a line at maker[at]goodinc[dot]com, sign up for our email list, or check out the current challenges.

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