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Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Regenerative Learning Garden

For Sept. 21, 2019

Media Contact:  Julie Du Brow, Communications, 310-922-1301

Eco Urban Gardens, Arroyo H.S., and US Green Building Council-L.A. to Host “Regenerative Learning Garden” Ribbon Cutting and Community Day on September 21st Project Highlights Career Pathways, Green Space in San Gabriel Valley.

WHAT: Eco Urban Gardens (project lead) and Arroyo High School, along with representatives from the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) and local community leaders, will celebrate the ribbon cutting — as part of a wider community day — of the Regenerative Learning Garden (RLG). Located at Arroyo High School in El Monte, CA. Vegan food provided by the high school garden. Everyone is welcome.

With USGBC-LA’s funding; design, strategy and project management support; and member volunteers, Eco Urban Gardens renovated about 12,000 sq. ft. of the 32,000 sq. ft. garden space. At the event, people will see:

  • CA native plant, low water meadow to increase biodiversity; over 400 plants installed.
  • Bioswale to capture and store rainwater.
  • EcoLab to increase biodiversity of insect, bird and animal species.
  • Medicinal and edible plant foraging knoll for education in plant identification.
  • Benches, walking paths and signs created for student & community education, engagement.
  • Rosemary labyrinth for walking meditation and to support pollinators.

[For Full Event Press Release, click here.]

WHO: Edith Gonzalez, District Director, Super Hilda Solis; Edward Zuniga, Superintendent, EMUHSD (El Monte Union High School District); David Diaz, President of the School Board, EMUHSD and Exec. Dir. of Active SGV; Ben Stapleton, Executive Director, USGBC-LA; Marianne Zaugg, Exec. Dir. Eco Urban Gardens; Angelita Gonzalez, Principal, Arroyo High School, EMUHSD; Liz Christy, Program Manager, Eco Urban Gardens; Maya Henderson, Kilroy Realty and USGBC-LA Legacy Project Chair; and Arroyo High School student leaders.

WHY: The RLG was selected as USGBC-LA’s fourth Legacy Project (the first in the San Gabriel Valley) due to the area’s need for increased access to garden and green space, combined with environmental/resilience education, and active student and community workforce development. The beneficiaries are Arroyo High School students and the wider El Monte community, with a vision for the school campus – home to the largest opportunity for a green space in its school district – to become the model for other area school garden programs. End goals include:

  • Growing organic food, and educating the community on how to reduce their carbon footprint by purchasing local produce or growing their own produce (behavior change)
  • Demonstrating and teaching the use of low water CA native plants in a garden setting
  • Reducing water use and cost in maintaining a green space, and providing a habitat for native fauna (eco-system support)
  • Increased carbon sequestering in a community with a lot of paved surfaces (climate action)
  • Providing students choices for environmentally-friendly careers. Proposed CTE pathways are: (a) regenerative landscaping and agriculture, and (b) environmental science and health

The mission of Eco Urban Gardens is to improve the health and wellbeing of all by bringing farms and gardens to your door. It is our goal to build healthy communities by cultivating edible gardens and installing regenerative gardens with California native plants, while conserving water and creating thriving ecosystems. Eco Urban Gardens offers an in-depth Farm to School program for students to learn about organic farming and Grow Gardens to build regenerative gardens.

Eco Urban Gardens is a nonprofit dedicated to educating communities about the connection between agriculture, health and environment.

About Eco Urban Gardens
USGBC-LA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to creating a prosperous and sustainable future within one generation. Our mission promotes sustainability in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties’ built environment by delivering access to knowledge, resources, recognition and networking.

About U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles

FREE but registration is requested:

Arroyo High School, 4921 Cedar Avenue, El Monte, CA 91732

Park in lot on Cedar Ave. just past the main entrance of the school. Entrance is through a single stop sign, gate on your left. Parking lot is covered with solar panels. Enter school campus onto basketball courts and follow signs to the right. Walk past tennis courts all the way towards the back wall of the school. Garden will on your right just past the tennis courts.

Contact Liz Christy for more information about directions and parking.

TIME: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Speakers – 10:45a, Ribbon cutting – 11:20am

WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2019
The Legacy Project is an annual gift from the USGBC-LA to a local community to help install a permanent project that is replicable and provides an enduring means of service and education. Past impactful projects include the EcoTech Makerspace in Gardena (2016), the Veggie Bus Project in South Central LA, and the Discovery Garden in Simi Valley.

Family Friendly Activities:
Garden tours, harvesting, seed planting, yoga, face painting, recycled arts & crafts, guest speakers and more!  Vegan food provided by Arroyo High School Garden.