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November 11, 2015

Youth Environmental Equity Tour

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LENNOX, CA - Saturday November 7 kicked off an early at Lennox Park, the start of a tour hosted by the Empowerment Congress’ Environmental Committee.  Twenty three members of the committee and community residents joined.  The tour aimed to show places where organizations and the County 2nd District Supervisor’s office are making progress toward environmental equity in the District.

Walking through Lennox Park, guided by members of the Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), to see the new walking path, fitness equipment, lighting, and baseball field, the group agreed that these improvements make residents feel safer and welcome in coming to the park.  The tour bus then took the group to the Lennox Community Garden, a project of From Lot to Spot to create space for community members to grow fresh vegetables.

At Norman O. Houston Park in Baldwin Hills, the tour joined the Park to Playa event and planted several fruit trees.  Tour participants also had the opportunity to meet Los Angeles County 2nd District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Heading north to Koreatown, the tour stopped in Seoul International Park, one of the very few parks in the neighborhood that holds the largest number of people per acre in Los Angeles.  Koreatown Youth Community Center discussed the air monitoring project with USC to find out more about traffic pollution in the area.

The final spot was a demonstration of a hanging garden put together by the Koreatown Youth Community Center, a Green Graffiti Abatement Installation made of reused bottles and succulent plants.

Many thanks to the office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Empowerment Congress for sponsoring the event, and thanks to our Committee members for organizing.

Thanks to the speakers and participants:
•    Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance
•    Koreatown Youth and Community Center
•    From Lot To Spot 
•    Environmental Relief Center
•    Ballona Institute
•    Community Outreach, Southern CA Environmental Health Centers at USC

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