In the last few months, we’ve featured local environmentalists doing heroic green work in Los Angeles in our Everyday Heroes series. Now, as we’re nearing the end of 2010, we caught up with these environmentalists again to see what green goals they’ve set for themselves for the new year. Read, and be inspired –
My resolution is to work more in central, lower-income areas, more with youth. This year, we’ve ended up fighting for bike lanes on Wilbur in the Valley and bus-only lanes through Westwood — and we’ve gotten a lot of resistance. I think it will be more healthy and productive to work on bike lanes in central L.A. and South L.A., and to expand CicLAvia into Chinatown, South L.A., and Boyle Heights. In doing this I want to work with connect more with folks in these neighborhoods — and to help cultivate them as the next generation of urban activists.
I want to take the green community work that I am doing to another level. We have gained so many people working with us in the Mar Vista Community Council Green Committee that I need to learn to hand off some of the things that I love doing and embrace new opportunities. I want to play a role in helping other communities develop their own Green Committees and share with them what we have learned. Mentor them through how to work within the Community Council system to inspire and guide our City Council members to support green needs; share our resources and introduce the organizations that reach out to us to a wider network within the LA community. And from there we can form an alliance of sorts -– networking together to accomplish more throughout the city.
Another effort –- the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase will be more than a garden tour for 2011 and more like a community wide eco festival –- with many organizations involved as guest presenters at various gardens. We are also expanding it to include a solar tour within the tour in collaboration with the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour .
Some of my resolutions are:
1. Learn how to cook to better use local foods.
2. Plan more outings to beaches or local parks on bikes with friends
3. Continue to spread the idea of sustainability as a whole in Lewisberg, PA since I just got accepted to that school on a full ride tuition scholarship.
Congratulations, Rudy! What are your green New Year’s resolutions?