Clean Up Green Up Campaign Update, March 2012

Clean Up Green Up Update, March 2012

Greetings from Clean Up Green Up!
Check it out! Clean Up Green Up was recently featured in an excellent news story by KCET SoCal Connected: Up in The Air: The Fight for Clean Air in Boyle Heights. You can watch it here.

As a Clean Up Green Up supporter you know it’s a first-of-its-kind solution to local urban pollution. We’re headed for LA City Council in the coming months and will be calling on you for support.

Crunch time!

So join us as we move this cutting-edge policy forward and make Los Angeles our nation’s first city to Clean Up Green Up.

Bringing Green Zones to Toxic Hotspot Communities
Neighbors Push Locally for Clean Up Green Up
Allies Gather to Discuss Clean up Green Up as a Cutting-Edge Policy Proposal
Sign Up!
Get in Touch!
New Green Resources 

Clean Up Green Up—Bringing Green Zones to Toxic Hotspot Communities
Clean Up Green Up is all about neighbors—the people who live with concentrations of local pollution—toxic hotspots—who want to create a healthier, more livable environment.

Councilmember Jose Huizar introduced the Clean Up Green Up motion in January 2011—in the meantime neighbors from the communities that originally joined  together to create the Clean Up Green Up policy have been working out the details of what they would like to see enacted.

A key feature—the Clean Up Green Up plan would create model LA Green Zones in local neighborhoods—then test and improve the concept before expanding it elsewhere.

What are Green Zones all about?

  • Businesses in Green Zones will get city and other government support to clean up and green up—a Green Zone program will help identify financing opportunities, help with loan and grant processes, help streamline permitting;
  • Green Zone programs will attract and support new green businesses;
  • Existing environmental regulations will be improved and more effectively enforced;
  • New or substantially expanded priority industries will meet standards that protect neighborhood health;
  • Clean Up Green Up creates a system to effectively manage the policy and programs within the Green Zones.

Community Spotlight:Neighbors Push Locally for Clean Up Green Up

LA City Council Member Jose Huizar speaks to Boyle Heights community residents at Union de Vecinos Community Forum on January 21, 2012

Over the last few months, the four organizations leading the Clean Up Green Up campaignUnion de Vecinos, Pacoima Beautiful, Communities for a Better Environment, Coalition for a Safe Environment—organized events to discuss the Clean Up Green Up solution. Hundreds of residents in three different LA communities turned out to discuss local pollution, how it affects their families and the ways Clean Up Green Up could help.

Allies Gather to Discuss Clean up Green Up as a Cutting-Edge Policy Proposal
A diverse array of LA-area organizations took part in a Clean Up Green Up event at USC’s Doheny Library, Friday December 2nd, 2011, to learn more about the Clean Up Green Up policy proposal. Participants from East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Natural Resources Defense Council, Planning and Conservation League, Prevention Institute, SCOPE, Sierra Club and Heal the Bay all joined in on a lively discussion about the “green zone” concept and a clean, green model for the rest of the nation. 

Sign Up!
The Clean Up Green Up endorser list has grown to more than 60 public health, environmental, faith-based and community groups. If your organization has not yet signed up, please call contact Darryl Molina, Southern California Program Director of Communities for a Better Environment, at (323) 826-9771 x105 or dmolina@cbecal.org, to request materials and to schedule a presentation.

Clean Up Green Up is headed for LA City Council in the next few months—your organization’s formal endorsement is more critical than ever!

Get in touch:
To endorse the Clean Up Green Up campaign, please download our endorsement formclick here to join us, or contact Darryl Molina, Southern California Program Director of Communities for a Better Environment, at (323) 826-9771 x105 or dmolina@cbecal.org.

New Green Resources:
The Clean Up Green Up policy could set cutting-edge precedents and create entirely new ways for local municipalities to address the problem of toxic hot spots. Two important new resources you should check out:

The Guide to Green: A Directory of Financial and Technical Assistance Programs for Businesses in the City of Los Angeles. Longtime supporter of environmental justice groups working on toxic hot spots, the Liberty Hill Foundation recently released this comprehensive overview of local, regional, state and federal programs available to help small- and medium-size businesses clean up and green up.  The programs include technical assistance, training, tax credits, rebates, loans and grants.

Our Green Zones FAQ answers frequently asked questions about the pilot Green Zone districts and how they will help protect public health while economically revitalizing Green Zone neighborhoods. 

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