Come explore one of Long Beach’s largest ongoing restoration projects and learn about the important role adaptation plays in the revitalization of open spaces. Historically an oil field and artesian springs site, Willow Springs Park is currently undergoing a major restoration project to rehabilitate its natural habitat and ecosystem.
Join us for a guided walking tour of the park and learn about the adaptation strategies being applied to the space. We will discuss topics including stormwater treatment and reuse, native plant nursery establishment, and cultural sustainability. A tour highlight will be learning about the 1906 Southern Pacific Depot that was moved to the park and will be rehabilitated into a sustainability education center. Following the tour, we will have a wonderful lunch at the park’s onsite urban farm, Farm Lot 59. After lunch, participants will also partake in a hands-on service activity geared towards the park’s restoration. This is a wonderful opportunity to be directly engaged in adaptation efforts and make a personal contribution to the rehabilitation of the park.
We will meet at Renaissance Hotel and take a bus to Willow Springs Park. Please bring a reusable water bottle and wear durable, close-toed shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Lunch will be provided.
Long Beach aspires to be among the best bike cities in the nation and is moving confidently on that agenda. Bikeshare is working, bike lanes are painted, protected bike lanes are installed, bike boulevards are built and more are in design. And being a beach town, Long Beach is deploying creative adaptation strategies and innovations with an eye toward sea level increases. So dress casually and join us in the saddle for a look at all of the city’s climate adaptation efforts and an explanation of how this is getting done from key community leaders and advocates. We will ride slowly and stop frequently to tell stories and answer questions, this will be the slowest and most interesting bike tour of your life.
We will meet at the Renaissance Hotel and walk to the Bikestation, where we will set you up with a bike. Please bring a reusable water bottle and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Lunch will be provided.
Come join us as we explore the history and future of the Ballona Wetlands that represent some of the last coastal open space in Los Angeles. You will tour the critical sections of this 600-acre remnant wetland and learn about the challenges of managing such a system within the urban context. The Ballona Wetlands are home to a rich diversity of animals and plants, yet also provide recreational, hydrologic and other ecosystem services for Los Angeles and its residents. The Ballona Reserve and its associated Discovery Park are a model for understanding the complexity of urban greenspace management. You will engage with several experts who will provide unique insights into the ecological, historical, educational and planning elements that drive this system. The future of The Ballona Wetlands is very much in flux and the current standoff among stakeholders and regulatory agencies is a powerful cautionary tale in the struggle to achieve equitable climate adaptation outcomes as we manage our urban coastal ecosystems.
We will meet at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel and take a bus to the Ballona Wetlands in Los Angeles. Please bring a reusable water bottle and wear comfortable, close-toed shoes. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Join community leaders and environmental advocates on a Toxic Tour of Long Beach to identify the ways that environmental pollution from industrial sources impacts environmental justice neighborhoods. This interactive mobile tour also highlights community based strategies and solutions to democratize planning, progress toward equitable clean energy systems, and build healthy, resilient and thriving communities.
Starting at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, we will travel by bus to the Downtown Long Beach Business and Civic Center and through the massive Ports and goods movement complex, to sites of oil and gas production and refineries, with stops in Wilmington, Century Villages at Cabrillo, and Cambodia Town – communities at the literal fence lines of large scale pollution. The tour will highlight the impact of fossil fuels in communities and discuss the many challenges of converting to an equitable, sustainable society and economy. We will also illuminate many solutions already at play, including zero-emissions freight technology and community organizing for health-protective land uses and community benefits and investments. Even in the face of severe environmental injustice, this is a hopeful tour, as organizers highlight how climate adaptation, resilience, and environmental justice are directly linked to stronger civic and community engagement. Tour participants will engage in activities of “ground truthing” and hear stories from community residents.
The tour will depart from the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel and primarily take place on the bus. Please bring a reusable water bottle and wear comfortable, close-toed shoes. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
This tour will take you from the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel to South Los Angeles, once the epicenter of the 1992 LA Riots and now a center of transformation and resilience. Learn how community-based organizations such as Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) are working to create social and economic justice through climate resilience and green job training, and how transformations in building and transportation infrastructure within the community intersect with climate adaptation goals and environmental justice.
Our first stop will be at SCOPE’s renovated fire station headquarters that is retrofitted with green and resilient technologies; and where the future resiliency and green jobs trainees of tomorrow are being trained today. Metro, the transportation agency for LA County, will then speak to how this neighborhood continues to transform through the agency’s implementation of sustainability-related bus stop enhancements, the Crenshaw Light Rail Project, and the future Rail to Rail active transportation corridor – efforts that incorporate Metro’s climate adaptation, mitigation, and resiliency plans and policies. We will visit the site of the future Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line’s Fairview Heights Station and tour the Rail to Rail alignment project, which will consist of pedestrian and bike paths and has the goal of connecting South LA neighborhoods and helping communities coordinate innovative, multi-modal transportation projects that serve the diverse travel needs of residents and businesses.
We will meet at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel and travel by bus to South Los Angeles. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Get an up-close view of one of the busiest and greenest seaports in North America. The Port of Long Beach welcomes you to an all-access pass on a boat to enjoy a rare view of massive ships and construction projects while learning about cargo operations and environmental initiatives. Full narration will be provided by a Port of Long Beach representative, who will speak to the Port’s efforts to reduce harmful air emissions from port-related operations, improve water quality in the harbor, protect marine wildlife, and implement environmentally sustainable practice.
We will meet at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel and take a 15-20 minute walk to Dock 9 at Shoreline Village next to Parkers’ Lighthouse. Complimentary soft drinks will be provided.