Earth Day Events in Los Angeles 2014


Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation
for the Earth’s natural environment.


To find events in your area, go to: http://www.earthday.org/greencities/



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Aquarium of the Pacific


Saturday & Sunday, April 26-27


100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802

www.aquariumofpacific.org


Join the Aquarium for a weekend of family fun celebrating Earth Day while learning simple, everyday tips to protect our environment. Visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations, and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages.

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E3′s Earth Day Fair at UCLA


Saturday, April 23


http://www.e3ucla.org/earth-day-fair.html


UCLA’s Ecology, Economy and Equity (E3) division will be hosting a free Earth Day Fair on April 23 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. The event is located at the intramural field and is open to the public. There are several dozen organizations that will have a booth. At the fair, those in attendance can pick up an “Earth Day Fair Passport” and be given free food and also gain entry into a raffle to win prizes.

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Inglewood Rising: Earth Day Festival 2014


Saturday: April 19th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.


The City of Inglewood is having an Earth Day Festival on April 19th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. The free event will feature performances from Kenny Lattimore and the Sledge Grits Band. In addition, there will be activities and demonstrations such as composting, drought tolerant gardening and tree planting. A children’s area will have plenty activities for the little ones. Businesses will have booths set up too. The event will take place on the South Lawn at Inglewood City Hall. The event meshes well with the city’s plans for a more sustainable future.


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California Poppy Festival


April 26th & 27st, 2014. Rain or shine! 10:00 am – 6:00 pm


Place: Lancaster City Park – 43011 N. 10th Street West, Lancaster, CA 93534


Lancaster boasts one of California’s most abundant crops of the vibrant poppies that are California’s state flower. For several years, the City of Lancaster co-sponsored the Wildflower Information Center with the Lancaster Woman’s Club to cater the interests of thousands of visitors who flocked to the Antelope Valley for a glimpse of these brilliant, beautiful flowers. Held at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, visitors could pick up free wildflower maps and learn about the best viewing locations before heading out to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. For more information visit www.poppyfestival.com.

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Ballona Earth Day Celebration 2014


Saturday, April 19th from 9:00am to 12:00pm


Nearest address is for Gordon’s Market (located at 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey, CA, 90293)


This year, in addition to our regular restoration projects and creek cleanup, we will also be part of a release of a rehabilitated bird from South Bay Wildlife Rehab! Release is subject to health and well being of the bird.


http://www.ballonafriends.org/blog/2014/03/ballona-earth-day-2014/

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Metro Art Earth Day Tour


Free Earth Day public art experience and Metro Rail tour with Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young)


In celebration of Earth Day, take a ride on Metro Rail and explore public art and neighborhood history with Fallen Fruit, an art collaboration that uses fruit as a common denominator to change the way people view the world. The three hour event begins with a street-side lemonade stand at the entrance to historic Union Station and ends with an installation of self-portraits, created by participants, at the Armory Center for the Arts in Old Pasadena.


Saturday, April 26, 2014


11:00 am Lemonade Stand with Fallen Fruit, outside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station.

12:00 pm Depart from Union Station via Metro Rail.

2:00 pm Arrive at the Armory Center for the Arts. Participants who show their valid TAP card receive a free copy of the Armory’s Art Throughout Pasadena, an exhibition catalogue that documents several recent projects, including a Fruit Jam with Fallen Fruit. (Visit metro.net/discounts for details about this and other special discounts for Metro riders.)


Click here for tickets

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The Green Prize Festival


APRIL 26TH, 2014 11am to 6pm


The Green Prize Festival is a one-day event highlighting urban farmers, green chefs, live entertainment, artists, green technology, environmental organizations as well as education through workshops, demonstrations and guest speakers. The event will also feature a free bike valet, beer garden, green vendors, food trucks and children’s activities.


http://www.greenprizefestival.com/

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Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup


Saturday, April 26, 2014 10 am – 12 pm


Where: North side of Santa Monica Pier (look for the Heal the Bay tents and flags to register)


Thousands of beach-lovers will converge in Santa Monica at Heal the Bay’s biggest cleanup of the year. Open to all ages, this Earth Day tradition is a great opportunity for families and friends to have good, clean fun while preserving a vital resource. Volunteers must be 13 years old or accompanied by an adult. As part of Heal the Bay’s Zero Waste initiative, participants are asked to bring their own buckets and gloves. Community service hours available. For more information and to register visit: http://www.healthebay.org/get-involved/events/earth-day

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Topanga Earth Day


April 19 & 20


Topanga Earth Day will be celebrating its 15th consecutive year with a two day festival located at the Topanga Community Fair Grounds at 1440 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

http://topangaearthday.org

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World Fest


May 18, 2014


Woodley Park
6335 Woodley Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91406


http://www.worldfestevents.com


The WorldFest 2014 Earth Day Festival will be held at the beautiful outdoor setting of Woodley Park in Lake Balboa, CA. We welcome our attendees to a magnificent day filled with entertainment, education and enlightenment. The combination of great music, empowering speakers, environmental, humanitarian and animal welfare non-profits, kids’ activities and a delicious food court make for an earth-friendly experience that is sure to be inspiring and enjoyable for all. The event will take place on May 18th from 10:30am-7pm, at Woodley Park.

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LA River CleanUp 2014

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To sign up, go to: http://folar.org/cleanup/

Asbestos Awareness

I was asked to share this information by a Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Toxic Substance Safety Advocate. Many people are unaware that asbestos is classified as a known human carcinogen, yet it is still widely used in the US. It affects our water, air, and soil quality, as it does not break down or biodegrade. I’m helping to spread awareness because mesothelioma is caused only by asbestos exposure, so knowing more about asbestos and its risk factors truly does make a difference. Learn more about mesothelioma and asbestos at www.mesothelioma.com.

 

Did You Know Facts

Gone Gardening…

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been on sort of a hiatus when it comes to updating eco enthusiast. I’ve been very busy gardening, and I’m about to start working on a community garden. I’ve been spending most of my free time outdoors, and less time in front of the computer. So, if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, here are some photos of my garden. Also, I’m always interested in having guest posts on my site. It’s been a while since I’ve had one. If you’d like to share something, then please let me know. Thanks for your patience. I will be posting less frequently while the weather is nice. Thanks for all your support! I’m still around!   

Spring has sprung!


Spring is here and it’s time to start gardening! I’ve been very motivated the past few weeks to plant herbs, make terrariums, and I finally have my own vegetable garden! I was volunteering with Enrich LA a couple months ago and one of the volunteers offered the use of their backyard. On Saturday, I pulled weeds and planted: 2 varieties of kale, butter lettuce, romaine lettuce. spring lettuce mix, carrots, scallions, and spinach. The area is shady, and gets at least 4-5 hours of full sun a day.


I knew a little bit of about gardening growing up, but I’ve really learned a lot from volunteering with Enrich LA. My mom is a gardener and she grew up on a farm. I was never interested in gardening growing up, because it always felt like a chore. As an adult, I’m trying to learn more about gardening and see how it goes. I hope all goes well, and I will definitely share the progress of my garden. I’m very excited to grow my own food!

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Turn post-consumer jars into useful, non-toxic drinking containers.

I got these EcoJarz drink tops for my mason jars and I love them. My stainless steel straws fit in them perfectly, although my glass straws don’t fit. They are great for when you’re on the go and great for kids, too. Check them out!


Snippet from the EcoJarz site: “The EcoJarz drink top is a new product that turns any standard mouth canning jar into a to-go mug, allowing you to up-cycle your glass jar into a completely customizable cup. There are hundreds of possibilities, which means that you can use the same lid for a child’s drink cup, a travel mug that fits your cup holder, or an extra-large jar for serious hydration. This affordable lid, which costs less than most water bottles, fits any standard mouth jar – including canning, salsa, spaghetti sauce, and mayonnaise jars.”


http://www.ecojarz.com/

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West Hollywood Bans Plastic Bags

ShowImageStarting February 20, 2013, the City of West Hollywood has approved an ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags from all pharmacy, grocery, and retail stores.

 

PURPOSE

  • Encourage sustainability by substituting plastic bags with durable and long-lasting reusable bags, and paper bags made from recycled materials. 
  • Reduce costs to businesses, consumers, taxpayers, and the environment. 
  • Eliminate waste, litter and marine debris, and create local green jobs.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • The ban applies to all retail establishments.
  • Phased Implementation
    • Supermarkets and large retail establishments over 10,000 square feet will not be able to supply plastic bags after February 20, 2013, six months of the effective date of the ordinance. 
    • Retail stores under 10,000 square feet will have until August 20, 2013 to comply with the plastic bag ban, 12 months from the effective date of the ordinance. 
  • Stores are required to charge customers 10 cents for each paper bag; the stores will collect and retain the money to help cover the additional costs of stocking the paper bags. This is also an incentive to encourage shoppers to use reusable bags. 
  • Paper bags will be required to contain 40% post-consumer recycled content. 
  • Stores are encouraged to make reusable shopping bags available for purchase. 
  • Customers are encouraged to bring their own bags.

The City of West Hollywood is eager to work with businesses to facilitate the transition to greater sustainability.

 

For more information, go to: http://www.weho.org/index.aspx?page=1123

 

 

Plastic Bag Ban Map

Many cities have banned single use plastic bags or are planning to in the future. This plastic bag ban map shows where bags have been banned, are still in use, and where a ban has failed. It is very interesting. What are your thoughts?

http://www.factorydirectpromos.com/plastic-bag-bans

A new year calls for: cleaning, organizing & purging


Broom_iconHappy 2013! Yes, this is my first post of the year. I’ve been preoccupied with clients by working on projects for everyone else and neglecting my own. Other than work, I have been doing a lot of cleaning, organizing, and purging. I’ve donated items, sold other items on craigslist, and recycled items. It has been a great feeling to reclaim closet space that I couldn’t afford to spare. I can actually walk in my walk-in closet now!


One task that is rather challenging is cleaning my bathroom tile. I use eco-friendly cleaning products for all of my household needs. None of the things I’ve tried have fully whitened the grout. I’ve tried baking soda and vinegar, Seventh Generation Free & Clear: Chlorine Free Bleach, Bon Ami, and Method Bathroom cleaner. None of these cleaners have done the trick. I definitely don’t want to resort to using toxic cleaners to whiten the grout. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, and I will do another post when I have achieved the goal of white grout!

eco-friendly surfboards

Sustainable surf: http://sustainablesurf.org/

Marko Foam: http://www.markofoamblanks.com/

Waste to Waves: http://wastetowaves.org/

envirosurfer: http://www.greensurfshop.com/

 

I went to Hawaii a couple months ago and took my first surf lesson. It was fun, and I caught a few waves. I haven’t tried to surf since, and I’m unsure which products I would like to buy. I would have to get a new eco-friendly board or buy a used one. I also need to get an eco-friendly wetsuit.


Surfboards are probably the least eco-friendly part of the sport, considering that their polyurethane foam cores, fiberglass wrapping and polyester or epoxy coatings are toxic and petroleum-based, and manufacturing new boards is generally energy-intensive.


Sadly, eco-friendly boards are 2-3 times more expensive than the toxic foam boards out there. I did a post a while back about the Waste to Waves program.
“Waste to Waves™ is a recycling program developed by nonprofit organization Sustainable Surf, that’s designed to turn waste materials into new, eco-friendlier surfing products. Partners for the initial launch campaign include Reef, SPY Optic, Marko Foam, Surfrider Foundation and Waste Management. This is an awesome program!


I prefer not to spend a lot of money, especially for something I don’t know if I will continue to do on a regular basis. Although, I would rather get products that have a lower environmental impact. The search continues, and I will let you know which surfboard I decide to get. For now, I will probably just rent one until I get the hang of it.