Environmental Learning Center Opens

On September 16, City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Eleventh District Councilmember Mike Bonin officially opened the Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center at Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant in Playa del Rey with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Los Angeles Unified School District elementary and middle school students joined city officials to celebrate the center located in a renovated 20,000 square foot former administration building at the coastal wastewater plant.

“I want to make sure that Los Angeles is a leader in combining environmental protection with economic growth,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This center will help prepare our kids for the jobs of tomorrow and encourage them to make choices that promote a healthier Los Angeles.”

“We are very excited to open the ELC’s doors to the city and let residents of all ages experience this amazing new learning center,” said Councilmember Bonin. “At the ELC, the connections between human activity, government services, environmental sciences, and individual responsibility and action become clear.”

The ELC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified facility features two galleries of exhibits and interactive stations that highlights LA Sanitation’s wastewater to clean water, watershed protection and solid resources programs. The Center includes an 87-seat auditorium; a green roof that is irrigated with recycled water; photovoltaic panels that generate electricity, wind turbine, solar water heater, a terraced wetland fed with recycled water; and, a learning lab.

The ELC is dedicated to inspiring future generations to protect public health and the environment through sustainable behaviors and practices. Visitors are encouraged to identify opportunities to take individual responsibility as environmental stewards and make volunteer action in partnership with the City a part of their daily lives.

For more information about the Environmental Learning Center or to schedule a tour, visit the Center online.

Photo courtesy of LA Sanitation.

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