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 last 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.
2020 Los Angeles Regional Working Group
- Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor
- Mario Archaga, UPS
Tiffany Allegretti, IQAir
Kendal Asuncion, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Irene Burga, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
Maria Camacho, LA Rams
Sara Cederberg, Google
Robyn Eason, City of West Hollywood
Jasmine Elbarbary, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
Sarita Figueroa, Southern California Gas Company
Sophie Freeman, Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Felicia Friesema, Foothill Transit
Crystal Gaither, IQAir
Ryan Jackson, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Marianne Kim, Automobile Club of Southern California
Allison Leanos, Southern Cailfornia Edison
Trisha Muse, Southern California Gas Co.
Sara Neff, Kilroy Realty
Karla Owunwanne, Lime
Sarah Patterson, SCAG
Carolyn Sims, Southern Cailfornia Edison
Chandelle Wiebe, Snap
Katy Young Yaroslavsky, Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
The information below pertains to last year’s event – please check back for 2020 updates!
- LADOT offered free rides on their DASH buses, Commuter Express buses, LAnow shuttles and Cityride on October 2
- Santa Clarita Transit offered free rides all day October 2
Here are a few event highlights from the 2019 California Clean Air Day in the Los Angeles region:
- The Sierra Club’s Team Sierra launched their first-ever City Hike fundraising event to support local environments like LA. This special city hike took 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, sought to uncover the role that context plays in the conception of creative work. In the spirit of California Clean Air Day, the panel discussed 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, hosted 2 Transit Parties that took place at the Duarte Senior Center and the Duarte Teen Center. Both had 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 teamed 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 invited you to their transit rider appreciation event to celebrate clean air heroes who use public transit!
- BREATHE LA invited 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 were included!
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA), the Conservation Corps of Long Beach, and the Washington Neighborhood Association invited 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), and Altadena Town Council Safe Streets Committee invited you to Altadena’s first Clean Air Day Celebration and Family Fair and to learn how you can help clean the air in a fun and friendly environment.
Check our event page for more.