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‘The WILD Flowers’ Exhibit Opens at Descanso

Friday, December 21, 2012 | 1:14 pm

Although the Southern California winters are mild, everyone still looks forward to the first signs of spring — the colorful blooms of cherries, crabapples, poppies and tulips. The flower is a powerful symbol of regeneration, fertility, birth, and the continuit... More »


Crowell Library: Rain Gardens

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | 4:37 pm

This free one hour workshop on rain gardens is recommended for those interested in environmental issues pertaining to water conservation and pollution prevention as well as those who enjoy gardening and having a beautiful home landscape! Rain gardens are shall... More »


Crowell Public Library Celebrates Water Week

Thursday, December 13, 2012 | 7:25 pm

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Director Stephanie Soechtig’s feature documentary is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. Fro... More »


Waverly School: Earth’s Eye

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | 11:17 pm

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” ~Thomas Fuller, 1732 Maybe Eli (dad of Hannah, 1st grade) was thinking along these lines last summer, when he decided to adopt our poor, forlorn, empty farm pond. Eli single-handedly hauled several tons ... More »


County Set for Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Removal

Friday, October 12, 2012 | 4:42 am

As part of its winter storm season preparations, the Los Angeles County Public Works Department will next week begin work on the removal of about 5,000 cubic yards of sediment immediately in front of the Devil’s Gate Dam in Pasadena. The work is also part of c... More »


Portantino Helps Secure Grant to Preserve Altadena Property

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | 3:20 pm

Last night, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy voted to authorize a grant of $100,000 to the Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy for the purchase of Millard Canyon. The grant comes on the heels of a $375,000 grant from the State Wildlife Conservation Board. ... More »


Free E-Waste & Document Shredding Event Aug. 25

Monday, August 20, 2012 | 1:15 pm

Residents and businesses can safely dispose of electronic waste and shred personal documents—all for FREE—at the City’s “Electronic Waste Collection Event” from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Rose Bowl. The e-waste collection/document sh... More »


EarthTalk: Is Natural Gas the Automotive “Fuel of the Future?”

Monday, July 2, 2012 | 6:57 pm

Dear EarthTalk: I recently saw an article extolling the virtues of natural gas as an abundant, inexpensive and domestically produced automotive fuel. Is this going to be the automotive fuel of the future and how green is it?                  ... More »


EarthTalk: What Are “Sustainable Communities”?

Thursday, June 14, 2012 | 7:11 am

Dear EarthTalk: The term “sustainable communities” gets bantered around quite a bit today. Could you define it for me? — Holly Parker, Mechanicsburg, PA Kaid Benfield, Sustainable Communities program director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRD... More »


Can You Dig It? Public Invited to Community Gardens Groundbreaking

Thursday, June 7, 2012 | 1:21 pm

The public is invited to the special groundbreaking of the new Pasadena Community Gardens at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 9. Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and District 6 Councilmember Steve Madison will join Pasadena city officials for the ceremony. The event will ... More »


Sustainable Rain Garden to Replace Vacant Eyesore

Monday, April 23, 2012 | 2:52 pm

Sustainability and civic improvement are high priorities in Pasadena, and city government works hard to put them into practice together whenever possible. That’s why Pasadena’s departments of Water and Power (PWP), Public Works, and the Planning Department... More »

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