White House Listening Session for Outdoors Initiative

On Thursday, July 8, Occidental College will host a White House listening session on America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, a project launched by President Barack Obama to promote and support innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to nature–from national and state parks to the urban green spaces and streets of Los Angeles.

The public listening session will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. in the College’s Thorne Hall. For a map of the campus click here. The event will include break-out sessions so community members can provide comments and/or ask questions of the cabinet secretaries and other public officials who will participate in those sessions.

L.A.’s urban environment provides a critical dimension to the concept of the Great Outdoors. Whether it’s community and school gardens, biking and walking pathways in the city, pocket parks and mountain open spaces, campaigns to re-envision the L.A. River and create living streets and public places, the efforts to connect nature and community to outdoor life,   good green jobs, and livable and just communities in Los Angeles need to be central to the president’s vision for this Great Outdoors Initiative.

The event is free and open to the public, but please register by Thursday, July 1 by sending an email to sun.nelly@epa.gov with your name, the name of the organization with which you are affiliated, if any, your telephone number, and email address.

Occidental College will be highlighting its commitment to the AGO vision through its own efforts in seeking to develop one of the largest solar arrays in Los Angeles, in establishing a student-run community garden and active program around healthy and fresh food access, and through its commitment to biking through its bike-share program and by making available a free bike valet, provided by the L.A. County Bike Coalition, that will be available for anyone coming to the July 8 event by bike.

For more information about America’s Great Outdoors Initiative  or to submit comments online, go to http://www.doi.gov/americasgreatoutdoors/ .

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