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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.

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Get Schooled on Sustainability at TreePeople's Green City Fair

This weekend Angelenos can learn how to live responsibly in the big city at TreePeople's first-ever Green City Fair.



Did you know that there's a secret forest on Mulholland Drive? This is not the plot for a new David Lynch film, we swear. Wind your way up Coldwater Canyon, all the way to the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains, and you'll stumble into an outdoor sanctuary, complete with a cool, shaded fruit orchard; hiking trails; and a soothing watershed garden. It's the headquarters for the local environmentalist and citizen forestry nonprofit TreePeople. And this weekend would be a great time to visit: The group is throwing its first-ever Green City Fair.

Hosted by Hollywood's resident green guru (and reality TV star) Ed Begley, Jr., the Saturday fair will showcase solutions for living responsibly in this big, chaotic city of ours. Workshops taught by local pros will include lessons on how to harvest your own rainwater, how to make apartment living sustainable, and how to manage pesky pests in an organic way (all free, just be sure to sign up ahead of time). There will also be live music by $2 Shows, food from Whole Foods, and demonstrations and information from a long list of vendors and partners, including us. We'll be at a table with the crew from Bunch Design, who will be sharing their incredible vision for a tree-centric Los Angeles which they debuted at our Steal This Idea design event in April.

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Help TreePeople Replant the Fire-Damaged Angeles National Forest

Over a year later, Angeles National Forest has still not recovered from the worst fires in L.A. history. TreePeople is leading tree-planting efforts.



Winter in Los Angeles might not bring true wintry weather (unless you count last weekend's "graupel" in Burbank), but we do face a far more frightening threat, thanks to the massive forest fire that swept through Angeles National Forest in 2009. The mountains in Los Angeles County have still not recovered from the Station Fire, which burned 160,577 acres over the course of two months. And in the winter, when rains saturate the ground, entire hillsides slide towards people's homes like wet chocolate cake.

Even though I know the loss of vegetation can be dangerous, when I saw a call from TreePeople, a local environmental nonprofit, to help replant those hillsides with new trees, I was a little confused. Haven't we been told that these kinds of fires are a natural part of the Southern California ecosystem, and that some parched hillsides even need the fires to properly replenish their nutrients?

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