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Can L.A. reduce its annual water use by 30 percent?

April 11, 2014

Andy Lipkis, founder and president of TreePeople. Photo courtesy

The public is invited to "An Evening with Andy Lipkis: Could L.A. Really Use 30 Percent Less Water a Year?" from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at Mountain Light Gallery, 106 S. Main St., Bishop. Donations are welcome at the door to cover expenses.
Lipkis has spearheaded an approach using trees and forest-inspired technologies to make cities sustainable while mitigating floods, drought, pollution and global warming. Called “Functioning Community Forests,” it is being demonstrated in L.A. as a model for cities everywhere.
Lipkis is founder and president of TreePeople, a group committed to accelerating full-scale adoption of this approach and playing a leading role in a 10-year-long public activation campaign aimed at having Los Angeles’ water supply be at least 50 percent locally sourced by a combination of landscape transformation, advanced water conservation, distributed rainwater harvesting, recycled water and groundwater remediation. TreePeople's goals also include achieving a minimum 25 percent tree canopy cover, and water-retaining and filtering soils that exceed pre-development functionality.  
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