On Friday, April 22, 2011 from 6 PM to 11 PM, at 3700 Wilshire Blvd., the Wilshire Center Business Improvement District hosted the 4th Annual Wilshire Center Earth Day / Car Free Day festival. The festival featured a movie screening of the director’s cut of “Avatar," a presentation of the Cool District Program and the Carbon Master Plan, community booths, a kids zone, free ewaste recycling, tree giveaways and face painting. Solar Innovations, Coalition for Clean Air, Reef Check and other groups involved in sustainable development and conservation efforts offered information to the public and to students from nearby schools.
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Last years Wilshire Center Earth Day and Car Free Day was a great success. We estimate from 10,000 to 15,000 people attended with thousands of school kids. We able to promote the Wilshire Center District, brought awareness about the issue of global warming, and provided information on how we can reduce our CO2 emissions. This day was the City’s first city wide car-free day. We introduced the WC Cool District concept. The Cool District is the City’s and the nation’s first private global warming solutions District. There were three major points of interest areas consisting of the music performances stage, with the main act by Michael Franti, there was an environmental tent with discussions on the greening of our district, a kid’s zone/stage with programs by and for kids, and over 100 booths with about 120 vendors. About 4000 reusable bags where given out. A great beautiful day was had by all who attended.
I heard about the car free day on NPR I think. Even though I don't use the Wilshire corridor, I was inspired to take the bus to work from Redondo Beach to Playa Vista tomorrow. Thank you for getting me out of my car, hopefully will become a habit. - Laura Mccoy
Congratulations on the awesome Earth Day event yesterday! I thought that it was absolutely FABULOUS!! - Yonah Hong
I want to thank you and the rest of the Wilshire Center Earth Day organizers for bring this event to this community. Finally we have an Earth Day on this part of town! Happy Earth Day!
Thank you to Everyone for a FANTASTIC DAY!!! The energies were so beautiful, radiant and peaceful. The children experienced fantastic entertainment, magic, education, painting, gardening, laughter and dancing. It was a Wondrous day and flew by so quickly. I look forward to more. God Bless YOU ALL!!! -
Have attended Earth Day festivals elsewhere, and this was just as cozy. Like-minded supporters of noble causes mingling and sharing solidarity. Though public transportation delays limited my window to thoroughly enjoy the festivities, I still encourage future patrons to opt for this alternative to driving. The local buses in Downtown L.A. may have been packed to overflowing, but I wouldn't regard that as "bad" in the grand scheme of things. For those familiar with the area, or at least not intimidated by Downtown L.A., biking from the Greyhound station would definitely have bought you more time. I took the Greyhound from San Diego, and that was a very chill ride -- maneuvering through L.A. traffic was a cakewalk for my Greyhound Busdrivers. I'd recommend Greyhound to any of your future patrons travelling from out-of-town. -
I greatly enjoyed the Earth Day celebration the other day and truly appreciated all the love and hard work everyone put into the event. -
Today, Car Culture got a kick in the shin as the Wilshire Center Cool District celebrated Earth Day by shutting down several blocks of Wilshire Boulevard around Wilshire Center to car traffic and providing a case study of what a car free street means to Los Angeles. Wilshire Boulevard was swarming with hundreds of people walking, biking, and even skateboarding. Instead of bumper to bumper traffic, with people fuming in their cars and choking on their fumes, the street was being completely utilized, with a variety of arts and crafts, food, vendor booths, performances and non-profit booths. People were laughing and smiling, not cursing and glowering, as they enjoyed a beautiful day in the Los Angeles sun. -
On behalf of la's best cluster 36, just wanted to thank you for bringing a new awareness to our youth in the wilshire corridor community during earth day la 08. your efforts were genuinely reflected upon all the smiling faces. looking forward to the continued progress within the community. - Joseph Lee