Greetings from Clean Up Green Up!
After many long months of research, policy development and community education we expect to be headed to the LA City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee very soon! It’s an exciting time and we’ll need your help. We will be calling on you – our allies – to join us and show your support for a policy that will make local Los Angeles communities healthier, safer, and a model for the rest of the country!
SAVE THE DATE: Campaign Update for Allies on Monday, April 23rd
Please join us for a campaign update on Monday, April 23rd from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The California Endowment (1000 N.Alameda Street near Union Station). We will provide an overview of our Clean Up Green Up policy solution to transition the highly polluted neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Pacoima and Wilmington to vibrant ‘Green Zones,’ to support small businesses to adopt greener business practices to ensure a stronger economic future.
To register for this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 323-556-7211. If you are unable to personally attend please encourage another leader to represent your organization. Your support is more critical than ever!
On February 17th, researchers from the LA Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice and USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) hosted a meeting with US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to discuss the long-term and rigorous university research conducted on environmental justice and cumulative health impacts. Meeting attendees included researchers from USC, UCLA, and Occidental College, as well as USC staff and graduate students.
Professors Manuel Pastor (USC), James Sadd (Occidental College) and Rachel Morello-Frosh (UCBerkeley) presented their environmental justice screening method, a tool that pinpoints areas most at risk for environmental hazards. The tool uses a variety of emissions, health risk and census data to geographically locate ‘toxic hotspot’ communities in Los Angeles and California that face significant barriers to better health. The methodology assesses proximity to hazardous land uses; health risk and exposure; social and health vulnerabilities; and climate change vulnerability. The screening tool information, as well as community participation in pollution abatement and health prevention, aims to promote environmental justice policy reform.
Professor Martha Matsuoka of Occidental College provided background on the Clean Up Green Up policy proposal and explained how this local initiative could become a potential model for a Green Zone policy at the national level.
Administrator Jacksonnoted the need for strategic, systemic approaches to environmental justice issues, particulary air pollution, at the local, state and federal levels. She acknowledged that land use is a key determinant in addressing environmental justice concerns, and that U.S. EPA is committed to working with academic researchers, community residents, environmental regulatory agencies and local elected officials to pioneer new solutions to these historic and complex problems.
“Up in The Air: The Fight for Clean Air in Boyle Heights”
In case you didn’t see it last month, Clean Up Green Up was 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.
Calling All Endorsers!
Our endorser list has grown to more than 130 public health, environmental, faith-based, business and community groups! Please make sure that your group has an up-to-date signed endorsement form on file, which you can access here. If your organization has not yet signed an official endorsement, please contact email@example.com to request a form, educational materials and/or to schedule a presentation to your group.