River Panel Tomorrow Night in Venice

October 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

George Wolfe canoeing the L.A. River - photo by Tom Andrews, LAist

Creek Freaks will want to bike on over to Venice’s Electric Lodge tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 19th 2010, for an event entitled “The L.A. River – Can a revitalized river be a catalyst for a greener L.A.?” The event features a showing of a new cut of the Rock the Boat video, and a panel discussion moderated by Creek Freak’s Joe Linton. Full event announcement follows the jump.

Tuesday | October 19th | 6:00-8:30pm
Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, CA 90291

U.S. Green Building Council-Westside Branch Kicks Off Panel Discussion with “Rock the Boat” Documentary Preview “The L.A. River – Can a revitalized river be a catalyst for a greener L.A.?”
  
Join the Westside Branch of the USGBC-LA chapter on Tuesday October 19 as they screen a 15-minute segment of the already-acclaimed documentary, “Rock the Boat”, followed by a panel discussion featuring key players interested in Los Angeles’ sustainable future:

• Moderator:  Joe Linton, Author, Down By the Los Angeles River: Friends of the L.A. River’s Official Guide; L.A. Creek Freek blog
• Ed Reyes, LA City Councilmember, chair of the city council’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Los Angeles River
• Justin Bertain, Project Engineer, Turner Construction Company
• Scott Johnson, FAIA, Founding Principal, Johnson Fain; author, A Downtown Site Historically Linked to the L.A. River
• Mia Lehrer, FASLA, Founding Principal, Mia Lehrer + Associates; ASLA Award winner for Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan

On July 7th the Environmental Protection Agency declared the entire concrete-lined Los Angeles River channel “traditional navigable waters,” a designation crucial to applying Clean Water Act protections throughout its 834-square-mile urban watershed.  A trek by approximately a dozen boaters down the L.A. River two years prior was consistently referenced in the EPA report as proof of its new status.  This filmed trek and more on the L.A. River story has become “Rock the Boat.”

“We want the L.A. River to demonstrate how urban waterways across the country can serve as assets in building stronger neighborhoods, attracting new businesses and creating new jobs.” – Lisa Jackson, U.S. EPA Administrator

Join us at 6 PM for drinks and light food; the program will begin at 6:30 PM.  RSVP at USGBC-LA, registrations will also be taken at the door.  $10 / USGBC member, $15 / non-members.  All are welcome.

Food and beverages sponsored by KI Furniture and Whole Foods in Venice.

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§ One Response to River Panel Tomorrow Night in Venice

  • Joe Linton says:

    Rave reviews passed on to me from the event’s organizer Julie Du Brow:

    “It was one of the best programs of its kind that I have attended in years! I really enjoyed it. Bravo!”

    “Congratulations on a very successful and well attended event last night at the Electric Lodge!! The “Rock the Boat” documentary and panel discussion was interesting, informative and entertaining. Well done!”

    “I thought it was one of the best USGBC events I have ever been to in this city. And I am not just saying that… It was really informative, had a great panel, and was on a topic that I knew nothing about from an environmental perspective. …I wasn’t planning on staying as long as I did, but I found myself so engaged with the discussions and didn’t want to leave.”

    And this wonderful writeup:
    http://venice.patch.com/articles/is-the-la-riverbed-a-path-to-a-greener-city

    The panel discussion was videotaped and will be made available online at some point soon.

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