04.17.2011 Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival Recap
The Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival had a good attendance with temperatures into the 90’s F.
Mayor of Pasadena, Bill Bogaard, give a speech about sustainability and the green city.
Charla, Pasadena City College Student, ran the Arroyo Time Bank’s “Free Market.” Anything on the tables was free to take or swap. Arroyo Time Bank allows people to swap skills (ie I will teach Backwards Beekeeping in exchange for having my home painted) or items.
Wilson Lau and Tim Martinez (check out Videos From the Hahamongna Walkabout) were at the Arroyo Seco Foundation table. We talked about the current state of Hahamongna Watershed and the recently required environmental impact report. They gave us some free packets of California Poppies seeds. We were told about a new organization called Urbanwild Network, that we had to check out next.
Urbanwild Network is an organization that was formed after the incident in Arcadia with the county cutting down the oak trees to remove sediment. They are still in the organizing stage and not well established yet. Hopefully, they will become a big organization like Arroyo Seco Foundation.
We met with Northeast Los Angeles Transition who recently hosted Dr. Ling’s lecture on shifting our approach to sustainability issues. We are invited to the free screening of The END of SUBURBIA: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream, which will on Saturday, May 7, 2011. The potluck starts at 6:30 pm and the movie starts at 7 pm, followed by discussion.
We talked to the Pasadena Community Garden Project, which are in the process of opening Pasadena’s first community garden. They are closing a lease on a property and hope to have the garden up and running by the end of the year. They will one of the organizations that will be at Sustainable Living Week, which will be held between April 25th to the 28th, the Pasadena City College quad. Please visit their table during the event to learn more.
Check out Pasadena Community Garden’s previous plans:
We stopped by the Fair Trade Pasadena table and met with Emily Fernandez. She was promoting the first fair trade store in Pasadena called, Moka Cafe. For those who don’t know what fair trade is, it requires farmers to be paid fair wages and that all workers should be treated fairly. It insures human rights for producers in countries that otherwise would be exploited. They are hoping that more stores will move to fair trade.
Fair Trade Pasadena and C.I.C.L.E. are teaming up to host a Taste of Fair Trade bike ride (part of Bike Week Pasadena) on Saturday, May 21st. Check out C.I.C.L.E.’s website for more information.
We next stopped by City of Pasadena Sustainability Affairs and had an interesting talk with Ursula Schmidt, about sustainability issues in Pasadena College. She informed us of a public meeting with the Environmental Advisory Commission on the reduction of disposable shopping bags in Pasadena. Also, a meeting on the Pasadena master plan will be held at Pasadena City College in the Creveling Lounge. Both will be posted on PCC Seeds of Change website.
We had a long dialogue with Elise Jackson, Arroyo Seco Program Coordinator for Parks and Natural Resources Division, about the soccer fields plan from last year, Pasadena City College’s role in the Arroyo Seco, and the planed sediment removal program.
We headed over to the Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) display and tables. We talked with Robert Thompson, Customer Relationships, on how PWP and Pasadena City College could work together on different energy topics.
PWP had a solar panels on display and their current status on the Pasadena Solar Initiative. Pasadena Solar Initiative is only generating 2,211 kW out of 14,000 kW goal by 2017.
We bumped into CALPIRG, a PCC club which is dedicated to increasing energy efficiency at PCC and the surrounding communities. They host free movie screenings that deal with energy.
We networked with many organizations and a had a great time.