Los Angeles City College hosted Friday’s Earth Day event, which focused on sustainability and climate change. The event included a tree planting by Ron Finley, also known as the “Gangsta Gardener,” information on environmental issues and food bites — all made from produce from the campus garden by the college’s dietetic students.
Mary Gallagher, PhD was the college’s president; Lisa Nashua was the executive director of LACC Foundation; Sean Phommasaysy was the LACC biology professor; Gayle Stafsky was LACC Dietetics Program Director.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles co-sponsored the event. Rolando Gomez was the administrator of government, community affairs. Lara Khouri, executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Transportation Officer, and Ellen Zaman, Executive Director of External Affairs, were other dignitaries from CHLA.
The first Earth Day was observed on April 2, 1970 as an environmental “teach-in” in the United States. U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin conservationist, is credited with introducing a special day to raise awareness about the seriousness of pollution, and to find legislative as well as personal ways to care for the environment.
Ron Finley is a gardener. ronfinley.com
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Information about Los Angeles City College www.lacitycollege.edu/