Greater Los Angeles has the worst air pollution in the country.
For as much progress we’ve made to push back against smog – and we have made significant progress – just this year the South Coast Air Basin Violated Federal Standards for Ozone for 85 days in a row, narrowly missing the near record of 87 set the year before. Without a doubt, we have our challenges.
The good news is that a diverse group of people have come together to push back against smog. Los Angeles and Orange Counties have come together in a big way. With more events than any other region, we are celebrating California Clean Air Day throughout both counties.
- LADOT is offering free rides on their DASH buses, Commuter Express buses, LAnow shuttles and Cityride on October 2
- Santa Clarita Transit is offering free rides all day October 2
Here are a few event highlights for California Clean Air Day in the Los Angeles region:
- The Sierra Club’s Team Sierra is launching their first-ever City Hike fundraising event to support local environments like LA. This special city hike will take you on a 3.8 mile or 7.7 mile trek through Koreatown, DTLA, and other various neighborhoods with prizes, food and beverages, and entertainment along the way!
- CONTEXT, a curated lecture series by Gensler + Frances Anderton from KCRW, seeks to uncover the role that context plays in the conception of creative work. In the spirit of California Clean Air Day, the panel will discuss what is being done in LA to battle climate change via air quality enhancements at the local level, which will in turn have potential global implications.
- The City of Duarte, in partnership with Foothill Transit, is hosting 2 Transit Parties that will take place at the Duarte Senior Center and the Duarte Teen Center. Both will have food, drinks, music, giveaways, trivia, and educational materials on the all-electric DuartEbus system.
- The Port of Long Beach and the City of Long Beach are teaming up to celebrate
California Clean Air Day showcasing zero-emissions vehicles working throughout the city and port and on display at the new Long Beach Civic Center Plaza.
- Climate Resolve and Move LA are inviting you to their transit rider appreciation event to celebrate clean air heroes who use public transit!
- BREATHE LA invites you to an exclusive screening of the compelling documentary, THE HUMAN ELEMENT, a riveting and visually rich drama, following environmental photographer James Balog as he explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal mining community, and our changing air supply. Free popcorn and soft drink included!
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA), the Conservation Corps of Long Beach, and the Washington Neighborhood Association invite you to a tree planting and to learn about conservation efforts happening across the city and the many ways that residents can play a role.
- Altadena Heritage, Altadena Library District, Altadenans for Clean Healthy Air (CHA CHA), andAltadena Town Council Safe Streets Committee invite you to Altadena’s first Clean Air Day Celebration and Family Fair and learn how you can help clean the air in a fun and friendly environment.
Check our event page for more.
Los Angeles Regional Working Group
- Irene Burga, Mayor Garcetti’s Office, CO-CHAIR
- Mario Archaga, United Parcel Service, CO-CHAIR
- Javiera Cartegena, SCAG
- Jasmine Elbarbary, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
- Amanda Ellis, LA Kings
- Sarita Figueroa, SoCalGas
- Audrey Handelman, Gensler
- Cecilia Hands, Guess?
- Sherry Jackman, Greenberg Glusker
- Misha Kouzeh, Institute for Sustainability at CSUN
- Jennifer Lynch, Paramount Pictures
- Ryan Lynch, Metro
- John Marler, AEG
- Barbara Marquez, Caltrans District 7
- Ryan McDaniel, LADWP
- Gabrielle Mejia, Foothill Transit
- Trisha Muse, SoCalGas
- Lauren Nowinski, LA Galaxy
- Karla Ownanne, Lime
- Carolyn Sims, Southern California Edison
- Amanda Staples, American Heart Association
- Carlos Torres, LAUSD
- Rachelle Reyes Wenger, Dignity Health