West Hollywood has designated an inaugural “West Hollywood Green Week 2021.” The goal is to bring awareness to environmental efforts and initiatives, information-sharing and educational opportunities to elevate community awareness about City programs and policies related to the City’s natural and built environments, ecology, and sustainability.
West Hollywood Green Week is aligned with Earth Day on April 22nd. This year’s Earth Day theme is Restore Our Earth™ and its events will run concurrently with the Biden Administration’s global climate summit.
Part of West Hollywood Green Week will be a free virtual symposium called Urban Forestry & Biodiversity: Urban Environments in Concert with Nature, which will bring community members in West Hollywood together with experts on the natural and built environment. The symposium will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom and it will explore the topics of urban forestry and biodiversity through four lenses:
1) Urban Flora: Tree Canopies and Biodiverse Green Spaces;
2) Urban Fauna: West Hollywood’s Native Wildlife Residents;
3) Biomimicry: Learning Lessons from Nature; and
4) Biophilic and Regenerative Inspired Design.
“I am thrilled that the City is hosting this virtual symposium on Urban Forestry and Biodiversity, bringing together the West Hollywood community with experts on the natural and built environment,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Lauren Meister. “The future is green!”
A city press release reveals that the program will provide a local-oriented perspective on urban forest stewardship methods, best practices for restoration and regeneration, and ways to monitor how land use policies and nurtured ecosystems can remain in dynamic balance going forward. Participants will learn how to become better connected to nature and healthier living, as well as how to participate in enhancing West Hollywood’s ecosystem. Advance registration is required via Zoom by visiting https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HmMx-GlPQBu4Gr7quqCKWg.
The City of West Hollywood is committed to thoughtfully managing its urban forest, parks and green space, and public open spaces interwoven throughout its commercial districts and residential neighborhoods. During West Hollywood Green Week 2021, the City will showcase many of its achievements in order to deepen the community’s awareness of environmental stewardship, including its:
- Annual Green City Awards Program, which recognizes projects and practices that demonstrate excellence in environmental sustainability with four Green City Awards and one Green Seedlings Prize;
- Participation in the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge to mark the City’s commitment to saving the Monarch butterfly and other pollinators through public awareness and expansion of pollinator habitats in West Hollywood, and more;
- Creation of two Certified Wildlife Habitats through the Garden for Wildlife program of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and efforts for community members to participate in creating habitats;
- Greening West Hollywood Plan, which encourages public and private participation and supports large- and small-scale greening efforts in West Hollywood, and identifies various strategies for promoting awareness; and
- Virtual WeGrow! Gardening 101 Program Series, which introduces residents to the basics of setting up a garden containment system, composting, and planting/growing herbs, fruits, and vegetables from home.
To raise community awareness about the vital role that trees play in the urban environment, the City will highlight its annual tree planting event and Heritage Tree Program, which protects designated heritage trees for future generations because heritage trees, whether located on public or private property, are distinct and unique living resources. The City’s Urban Forest Management Plan, additionally, identifies 68 actions and an overarching goal to sustain, protect, and enhance the urban forest in West Hollywood, which is comprised of public trees and private property trees and provides a multitude of benefits.
The City will also highlight the environmental benefits of its Parklet Program; the realization of Design District Streetscape Gathering Spaces; Development Standards for Green Space in Commercial Zoning Districts and Canopy Trees in Residential Zoning Districts; and Parkway Design Standards.
Finally, the City will continue its engagement with the community in its people-centered Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) — an effort called “WeHo Climate Action” — to champion local actions needed to meet the challenges of a changing climate. Although climate change is a global problem, the City recognizes that strategies to adapt to a changing climate are best enacted at the local level. The plan will establish more aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, obtain feedback from those who are most impacted by climate change, empower the community to play an active role in creating a sustainable future, and support a vibrant and sustainable city for current and future generations. To find out more, visit www.weho.org/climateaction.
For additional information about the City’s ongoing sustainability efforts, visit www.weho.org/gogreen.