Environmental Justice

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YOUTH WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT at EAST OAKLAND BOXING ASSOCIATION 2010

Community Education, Youth Focused Green Infrastructure Projects and Pollinator Ecology

Working with Bay Localize and EOBA Board, Staff and Students to do a series of trainings in Green Building Commissioning and Green Civil and Mechanical Engineering. Guests were cordially invited to come together and discuss the possibilities in front of the youth.

 

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Ascend Charter School: Habitat Art & Education with Youth of OAKLAND LEAF 2008

Collaboration with David Williams (above) and Ascend Supervisor: Matthew Linzner (far left of 5 below).

Youth helped to finish, install and plant the Habitile wall as pollinator habitat for their gardens.

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PLEASE TOUCH COMMUNITY GARDEN: ART, FOOD, HABITAT & FUN FOR ALL!   

– WITH ARTIST GK CALLAHAN, SF ARTS COMMISSION & THE LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND

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EARTHDAY SF 2011: HABITILE™ LIVING WALL DEMONSTRATION INSTALLED

-INHABITAT ARTICLE: http://inhabitat.com/please-touch-community-garden-greens-abandoned-san-francisco-lot/

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LIFESCAPES ART & GREENING PROGRAM: FOOD, HABITAT AND OUTDOOR EXPERIENTIAL EMPOWERMENT WITH RESIDENTS OF THOMAS-ADAMS CARE FACILITY.

 

This program employs Art & Nature as the means of engaging the 30 mental health residents in safe, hands-on ecological learning. LIFESCAPES integrates art with agro-ecology; habitat, water and energy efficiency as well as climate adaptive site performance. Aurora and David Williams worked with the staff and residents of TARC to establish rapport and bring meaning to the lawn removal at their residence with fieldtrips to the Gardens at Lake Merritt, neighborhood nature walks and engaging the residents in group exercises that encourage them to share of themselves in relation to the group and the environment. They regularly harvest greens from the wattle planter, the fruit trees and they often now see birds and insects in their front yard.

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BEFORE:  Winter of 2011/12

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Fieldtrip to Public Garden with engagement activities and Community Involvement:

 

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2012: Wattle Planter & Habitat go in. wattleii

2013:  Harvest feeds TARC and excess produce goes to the Alameda Food Bank thanks to urban farmer David R. Williams.

 

LIFESCAPES Program Objectives:

  1. Cultivate health and creativity through art, connection to place, community & food we grow.
  2. Educate participants in Green Skills; Nutrition, Sustainable Buildings and Landscapes, Energy and Water Efficiency, Habitat-based Garden Design, Construction and Overall Site Maintenance.
  3. Convert lawn areas into agro-ecological habitat gardens. Our innovative approach to raised garden beds for growing fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices makes lawn conversion easy.
  4. CIIS’ Expressive Arts Therapy Program Director supports their student/intern involvement.