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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Venice Goes Green at Oakwood Rec


The earth turned a little greener Saturday,  at least in Venice, as two to three hundred people, according to Nick Antonicello, shopped at the information tables, listened to lectures,  and ate a tidbit here and there. Crowds formed around the Tesla,  BMW, and Chevrolet electric cars.

Green Festival, Saturday — Speakers, Vendors, Food






Green Festival will be Saturday from noon to 5 pm at the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave.

The main purpose of the Green Venice Festival is to provide green living solutions to Venice residents to help them become more environmentally engaged, aware and proactive. Expo vendors will provide green solutions to help attendees green their home, lives, cars, kids, food, and more! 

Neighbors can expect an Expo section full of vendors providing information (no commerce is conducted on site, its purely informational), a huge Kid’s section sponsored by local animation house Hippo Works, a company that teaches kids about climate change and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through fun, interactive cartoons. Activities including: upcycled arts & crafts from the reDiscover Center, a kids’ fitness challenge in the park, a huge coloring wall provided by the LADWP, and other crafts and games. 

The speaking schedule is chock full of prominent names in the environmental space. We’ll hear from: 

  • Venice local David Hertz about his new SkySource water initiative
  • Finian Makepeace, founder of Kiss the Ground about the importance soil plays in our lives
  • Genesis Butler, a wonderfully passionate 10-year old advocate for veganism and animal rights 
  • Matt Petersen, the Head of Sustainability City of LA, to discuss LA’s sustainability plan
  • Steve Glenn of Living Homes, about sustainable architecture
  • Anna Cummins, founder of 5Gyres discussing our oceans & their health 

We’ll also have workshops on: gardening & composting led by Nicole Landers of Community Healing Gardens, plant-based nutrition made simple by vegan activist Alex Rea, and more.

EcoSafe Zero Waste will run the zero waste stations to make this event completely zero waste, the LADWP will power the event with their solar truck, and FREE trees will be given out by the LA Conservation Corps

Finally, solar-run DJ’s the Syncons will be spinning all day, while people enjoy local restaurants Poke Shack, Flower Child and others who will be giving out free food & lemonade, and there will be food for sale as well. 

VNC Green Festival 10 June

Venice Neighborhood Council Green Festival will be Saturday, 10 June from noon to 5 pm at the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California.

Rain Wets Green Expo 2.0


Water was definitely a big subject at the Green Expo 2.0, as was the rain, which continued throughout the day.

There were trees and seeds to be given out, booths for all kinds of solar, booths for using your waste water, and there was a booth for making water, fully ionized, from humidity (islandsky.com). Of course, there was a Tesla and motorcycles that were battery powered. There were lectures throughout the day by noted environmentalists.


Liz Grosson, newly appointed water policy advisor for Mayor Eric Garcetti, said her job was to make saving water easier, more efficient and provide a sustainable plan.

We must figure out ways to capture water on site, contain storm water runoff and prevent it from flowing into the ocean. Storm water runoff is contaminated. We need to contain it and recycle it. Orange County, she said, drinks recycled water. Water pumped down from Sacramento is runoff water.

The goal is to reduce water consumption by 20 percent next year and 50 percent by 2050.

She mentioned that it is no longer illegal to have a cistern on your property to capture water and perhaps use this water for fruit trees.

But the most immediate encouragement was that these ground granite yards with a few drought resistant plants would no longer be encouraged or paid for by the City. She wants a yard with mulch, greenery, and perhaps, a self-contained means for keeping it wet. Mulch would contain the water and greenery would keep the temperature down. She said guidelines will be out in June.

Green Expo 2.0, Saturday, 9 April


VNC Release–The Venice Neighborhood Council (www.venicenc.org) will host the 2nd annual GREEN VENICE EXPO 2.0 on Saturday, April 9th, noon to 5 pm at Mark Twain Middle School, 2224 Walgrove Ave., 90066.

Sponsored by WHOLE FOODS MARKET of Venice and in partnership with Surfrider Foundation, this day-long gathering on green sustainability will feature exhibitors and organizations dedicated to Mother Earth.

Strategies, speakers and demonstrations on how to keep Venice green will be the emphasis of this solutions-based conclave of green sustainability and eco preservation.


“Robert Scheer kicks off the stage at 1 pm now while Robert Egger is going to knock our socks off at 4 pm,” commented Dew, a local Venice community advocate and activist for several progressive causes.

“Last year over 1000 residents, activists and green-friendly individuals gathered together to offer the Venice community specific strategies and solutions for a cleaner and greener Venice.

“This year we’re proud to announce that KCRW radio personality and syndicated columnist Robert Scheer will be a speaker.”

The event will include governmental, business and not-for-profit exhibitors that will challenge attendees to rethink issues such as recycling, farming, planting, solar energy, community gardening, electric vehicles and bikes, home grown gardening, population growth and other issues that face Venice as supporters of a greener community.

GREEN VENICE EXPO 2.0 is a free event to the public as well as to our exhibitors, speakers and sponsors. Zero waste will be encouraged and supported and we ask all attendees to bring your own eating and drinking utensils. There will be presentations and discussions on walkability/mobility, Green Homes & construction, Ocean health, Grey Water, Permaculture, Renewable Energy and a discussion of the current California drought.

For more information and details about this conference and expo, please email chair-outreach@venicenc.org.

The Venice Neighborhood Council is the grass roots extension of municipal government here in the City of Los Angeles. The council meets once a month at the Westminster elementary school located at 1010 Abbot Kinney Boulevard. For more information contact President Michael Newhouse at president@venicenc.org