Turning Los Angeles into the City of Green Angels

These days, green is everywhere. From shamrocks to the first buds of spring  – emerald is the color of choice this time of year!  In the spirit of continuing his goal of making Los Angeles the greenest big city in the nation, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently issued a new challenge to LA’s more than 40,000…

Los Angeles To Celebrate Grand Re-Opening of Garvanza Park

The Honorable Councilmember Jose Huizar of the 14th District and officials from the Bureau of Sanitation and Department of Recreation and Parks invite you to celebrate the completion of the Garvanza Park Rainwater Capture Facility and the installation of new fitness equipment. The Grand Re-opening will take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 15,…

An Interview with Rainwater Harvester Christopher McKinnon

Rain barrels are pretty neat. They connect to downspouts and capture water so that it doesn’t run into the storm drains after a heavy rain, ultimately reducing the pollution that makes it into our waterways. The collected water can then be used for various purposes like watering a garden or plants. The LA Stormwater Program…

City Officials Celebrate Hansen Dam Recreation Area Enhancements

Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcón of the 7th District, city officials and community stakeholders celebrated today the completion of two public works enhancements at the Hansen Dam Recreation Center. The skate park is a much anticipated addition to the recreation center that will cater to the North East San Fernando Valley skateboard enthusiasts. The wetlands restoration and new…

March Into Spring With Some Eco-Events!

Spring is upon us and that means it’s time to get into the green spirit and plan a day’s worth of eco-fun! There is plenty to choose from this month, including tree-plantings, beach cleanups and even cool nature walks. Don’t let March pass you by without taking a little time out to enjoy the great…

Hansen Dam Skate Park and Wetlands to Open on March 2

The Department of Recreation and Parks along with the Department of Public Works and Councilmember Alarcon of the Seventh District invite you to the Opening Ceremony of the Hansen Dam Skate Park and Wetlands at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012. The ceremony will take place at 11770 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA …

How Low Impact Development Applies to You

Effective May 12, the Low Impact Development [LID] ordinance will become law in the City of Los Angeles. With its passage, LA becomes an environmental leader in new and redevelopment construction projects. While this is great news for Angelenos at large, some might still be wondering how LID might affect their homes and businesses. By…

Show ‘em All Some Love on February 20

  By Joyce Amaro, City of Los Angeles, Stormwater Program February has long been known as the month of love. Valentine’s Day is well established as that special day when we profess our love for family and friends. But now there’s a new February holiday Love Your Pet Day on February 20 that provides us…

City of Los Angeles Opens South LA Wetlands Park

City officials and community stakeholders celebrated the grand opening of the much-anticipated, nine-acre South Los Angeles Wetlands Park. This expansive and innovative park, once the site of a former MTA bus yard, provides the community with an urban oasis, education center and passive recreational nature center in the heart of South Los Angeles. “Today, our…

Healing the Bay, and Beyond

Mark Gold was the first hire of Heal the Bay after having volunteered for the young organization since 1986. Twenty-five years later, Mark has stepped down as the organization’s president in order to become an associate director of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Now, we would never try to sum up two decades…

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