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Pacoima is squeezed between two freeways, a private airport, and surrounded by some of the city’s most heavily polluting industries. More than 50,000 people live within these 4.3 square miles in Northeast Los Angeles. Decades of disinvestment have left this small predominantly Latino community...

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It’s hard to convey just how unwelcoming—OK, grim—the schoolyard at Southwark School was before the new Community Schoolyards™ space was created earlier this year. The principal, Andrew Lukov, is not one for mincing words, however.

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In 2021, we partnered with The Boeing Company to launch an Environment Leadership Award that recognizes environmental volunteers in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington who have made positive impacts in their communities.

The goal of the award is to honor individuals who work to...

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A Cooper’s hawk hovers over a mouse, a squirrel, and other prey. Nearby, a Baltimore oriole looks longingly at the berries that fuel its migration. And a red-winged blackbird sits beneath cattails in a marshy area that constitutes its preferred habitat.

This wasn’t a fruitful day of...

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When communities are able to safely come together to experience nature, they are healthier, stronger, more connected, and more equitable. That’s why we established our Equitable Communities Fund, with a goal to raise $50 million to energize efforts...

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The Los Angeles River cuts a stick-straight line through the city of South Gate. Funneled into a broad concrete channel, crossed by the 710 Freeway, and cut off from most residents by a wall of industrial infrastructure, today the river is more afterthought than asset, more obstacle than open...

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It’s 2 o’clock on a hot summer afternoon. You’re getting ready to meet some friends at the park for a game of basketball. Which T-shirt would you grab from the closet?

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Trust for Public Land community organizer Dayana Molina has worked in our Los Angeles office for four years, helping residents plan and care for the parks and open spaces they need. But she says little in her background prepared her for the challenges that people in South Los Angeles faced this...

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Nidoto nai yoni. Let it not happen again.

That’s the idea that Clarence Moriwaki hopes visitors take away from the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. “‘Let it not happen again’ is our message of aspiration and inspiration,”...

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Few people understand the power of maps more than Breece Robertson.

As one of the nation’s leading experts using geospatial data to help communities protect the places that matter to them, Robertson has spent decades watching how people respond to maps. “Maps are magnets: unroll a map on...

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