Join us for the Clean Air Lifestyle Celebration at the Survivor’s Healing Garden in the heart of Watts!
About this event
Join us for the Clean Air Lifestyle Celebration at the Survivor’s Healing Garden in the heart of Watts! We will honor and “grow” the community’s contributions to clean air.
The Reverence Project, the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles (USGBC-LA), and the Watts Neighborhood Council, will:
- Plant shading native and fruit tree canopy to offer reprieve for cyclists and pedestrians and be dedicated to survivors of violence
- Plant large raised beds to combat the food scarcity in this food desert
- Create a composting site to protect public health, as sanitation frequently skips visits to Watts
We will honor Watts residents who go beyond celebrating Clean Air Day to living clean air lives. Residents keep pollutants from LA’s air by walking, biking or scooting in the neighborhood and using public transit or carpools for longer trips. These contributions can be onerous due to the lack of cooling tree canopy and safe bike paths.
We encourage participants to live in solidarity with us for a day and carpool, bike or take public transit to the garden. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes, sunscreen and hats. Refreshments, tools and joy will be provided.
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm PT
Address: The Reverence Project, 1673 E. 108th Street, Los Angeles CA 90059
Have questions about this event? Please contact the USGBC-LA Legacy Project Committee Chair Katie Freeze at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support our Legacy Project
The USGBC-LA Legacy Project began in 2016 to bridge the gap between social equity and environmental resiliency as we recognize certain communities are more impacted by effects of climate change. Historical injustices, de-facto segregation, and geographic location collaborate to create the resource disparities seen in Los Angeles today, making equity a critical component of building a sustainable city for all residents.
The 2022 Legacy Project was awarded to The Reverence Project’s Survivor’s Healing Garden in Watts which will serve as a place of reflection and gathering for survivors of violent crime. Featuring native California vegetation, meditative trails, pergolas and art installations, this green space will facilitate healing and restorative justice solutions among community members.
The Survivor’s Healing Garden will represent innovation in conservation, improve LA’s resilience, and protect human health. While LA actively protects “sensitive ecological areas,” this project illustrates the sensitivity of the overbuilt areas of LA. Watts experiences temperatures 4.7°F degrees hotter than the city average. The project will train Watts residents in the value of urban greenery and in the methods of civic engagement that will help secure funding for more of it. In addition to those actively engaged in its creation and our ongoing programming, signage will educate the passersby. Just as important, we will work to educate greater LA about the importance of equitably distributing urban greenery to the resilience of the region as a whole.
The Legacy Project Committee was created for the purpose of selecting the recipient of USGBC-LA’s annual Legacy Project Grant. The Legacy Project is intended to empower local individuals and organizations to implement programs that nurture sustainability and social equity within their respective neighborhoods. The Legacy Project Committee strives to ensure the selected project is community-supported, has an educational and sustainable focus, is replicable, and serves a variety of socio-economic conditions.
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