Mar Vista CLIMATE REALITY: The Race to 100% Clean Power

On Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 5:30pm at the Mar Vista public library, Open Neighborhoods and PermaCity present Mar Vista CLIMATE REALITY — a free event looking at climate change impacts and solutions.

A new report by Environment America finds that federally declared weather-related disasters in the United States have affected counties housing 242 million people – or roughly four out of five Americans.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power cautions that carbon-based fossil fuel emissions have reached “dangerous levels” with possible impacts to Los Angeles including rising tides; violent storms and floods; hotter, dryer days; increased frequency of wildfires; and reduced water and energy reliability.

Los Angeles Unified School District Secondary School Science Advisor John Zavalney will share the latest climate science with a lively discussion highlighting the growing incidence of extreme weather events and their connection to increased greenhouse gas pollution in the atmosphere. More information at

The event will include a screening of FUEL, a fast-paced 35 minute look into our clean energy future and winner of the Sundance Audience Award. The official trailer and more is available at

In 2009 Mar Vista became the first neighborhood in Los Angeles to adopt a goal of 100% clean electricity. Mar Vista Community Council Green Committee Co-Chair Sherri Akers will participate in the March 8th event to highlight the neighborhood’s green initiatives and what can be done by individuals and communities to make a difference.

Open Neighborhoods and PermaCity ( present MAR VISTA CLIMATE REALITY as part of a Los Angeles County-wide solar program offering free rooftop assessments and up to 33% group discount for residential, commercial and multi-family solar panel installations. The program includes access to new funding available through a partnership between Google and Clean Power Finance to put solar panels on residential rooftops. More information at

Space is limited and advance registration is required at

Refreshments provided courtesy of Whole Foods Market in West Los Angeles.

WHAT: Mar Vista CLIMATE REALITY: The Race to 100% Clean Power and How you Can Benefit

WHO: Homeowners, business owners, green builders, environmental advocates and community leaders.

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 2012, 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

WHERE: Mar Vista Library 12006 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles,(map and directions)


Printable PDF: Mar Vista Climate Reality Flyer

About John Zavalney
John Zavalney is the consummate environmental educator. He participates as a teacher, trainer, facilitator, or representative for leading global, national, and local environmental education programs including Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots; GLOBE; Project Learning Tree; Project Wild; Project Wet; and recently was named as Assistant District Manager for The Climate Project. John is also on the board for the South Bay Business Environmental Coalition and serves as the chairman for the annual Environmental Science Fair.

John serves as the Secondary School Science Advisor for the Los Angeles Unified School District and previously taught science at Foshay Learning Center in South Central Los Angeles.

John Zavalney’s important contributions to the education and advancement of young people have been recognized with a host of prestigious educational awards and honors including: “Disney’s American Teacher Award,” the “Presidential Award for Excellence” in Science Education, and the President’s Council on Environmental Quality’s “Teacher Professional Development Award”, The South Coast Air Quality Management district “ Clean Air award in Education and the Jane Goodall Institute Global leadership award in Education. He has received commendations from State Board of Education; Former Governor Gray Davis; the City of Los Angeles; the Board of Education, Los Angeles; California Science Teachers; California State Senate; the Superintendent of Schools; and the State of Michigan Senate. Mr. Zavalney was named Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year in 2000. Most recently, in 2007, Mr. Zavalney was trained by former Vice President Al Gore and his staff to serve as a speaker representing former Gore’s Nobel prize winning documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth.” To date, John has made more than 150 global warming presentations throughout the US and in Mexico.

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