Celebrate Clean Air

Plant Trees to Cool Commute Paths in Watts

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022

Time: 10 am -1 pm

Location: The Reverence Project (Directions)

Registration: USGBC-LA

Join Cassy Aoyagi in supporting USGBC-LA’s 2022 Legacy Project, a Survivor’s Healing Garden at The Reverence Project, just steps from LA’s iconic Watts Towers.

We will plant an abundance of native trees in celebration of the clean air actions Watts residents take every day. Many walk, bike, vanpool or metro for transportation, contributing to LA’s clean air. The newly planted trees will shade their routes and have been shown to both improve air quality and slow vehicle traffic to increase safety.

This game-changing garden sits at a critical juncture in the community where it can mitigate the impacts of divestment. It goes beyond cooling commute paths to addressing food scarcity with traditional and native edible plants, and bring healing nature to a community with a dearth of park space.

Volunteers have already removed refuse from an adjacent storm drain on Union Pacific Property, and built a bioswale to clean the water on its way there. We’ve planted an abundance of native foliage, built raised beds for edible foliage, mulched the property and built trails through the planted spaces.

We look forward to seeing you! We are grateful to the Coalition for Clean Air for their support of this event, and we encourage celebrants to take the Clean Air Day Pledge. Be sure to wear work clothes and sunscreen, and make it a clean air commute – bike, scoot, metro or carpool to our location.

Refreshments, tools, and materials for memorials will be provided.

We hope you’ll join us!