Going Green

Go Green for Mount Washington School

Pilar Buelna

There’s a new group in town: the Green Team, lead by dedicated parent Libby Morris.  Every Monday morning, she and members of the Green Team stand outside the school gate with bins to collect recyclables.  You see, their goal is to raise $5,000 for the school through recycling, and in the process help the environment.

Flying Pigeon and Figueroa Bike Lane

Anna Carpenter

Exciting news! Figueroa is slated to get a bikeway running from Eagle Rock to Cypress Park, and of course the very popular bike store Flying Pigeon (located next to La Abeja restaurant on Figueroa) is spearheading the efforts to organize the public input and suggestions.

Occidental Solar Power Project

J. Tranquanda, Occidental College

As part of an effort to stimulate interest in alternative energy production, Occidental College is proposing the installation of a 1-megawatt solar array on two undeveloped acres of the southwest-facing slope of Fiji Hill, and on solar shade structures on an adjacent parking lot. The project would generate approximately 11% of Occidental’s annual power usage. (Electricity accounts for more than two-thirds of the College’s utility costs, and 75% of its direct carbon consumption.) The array would remove 1,250 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year – the equivalent of removing about 250 cars from the road. Half of the project’s $7.7 million cost would be covered by a rebate from the DWP.

How Do We Make the Pending Ordinance for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems More Green?

Elizabeth Herron

In very short order, (December 2010) the City of Los Angeles through the Bureau of Sanitation is mandated to adopt a revised “Memorandum of Understanding” with the State Water Resources Board regarding the operation of private sewage disposal systems, (known as Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems or OWTS).

Minutes of the May MWA General Membership Meeting

Bill Rumble

Michael Fisher of the Broadview Christian Science Sanitarium made a presentation on the Broadview Solar Array Project. Following his presentation, MWA members asked various questions of Mr. Fisher. Jannel (last name not recorded) of the office of Council Member Reyes made several comments regarding the Broadview project. She also stated that the Council Member would offer a motion, at the Los Angeles City Council meeting of September 21 that would have the effect of blocking construction on the project. MWA members commented on Jannel's statement and Council Member Reyes' motion.

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