May 6, 7:30 PM – Charles Miller on The Westwood Neighborhood Greenway


After the May 5 field trip to The Westwood Neighborhood Greenway, join us via Zoom on May 6 at 7:30 PM to hear about The Greenway ( from one of its founding members.  The Greenway cleans water while providing an island of native habitat for birds, butterflies, and other animals next to one of the nation’s busiest light rail lines. This is a chance to spend a morning in the great outdoors, learn about the history of the site, and discuss what we can do now to help make our city a better place for animals and people.

Construction on the Greenway began on September 24, 2019, when the subcontractor started removing non-native trees and other vegetation. It was substantially completed in October 2020.

The Greenway is not a park. It is under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Department of Sanitation and operates to clean dry weather runoff – water from the Overland storm drain – before it enters Ballona Creek and the ocean.

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Our speaker, Charles Miller, is a Climate Reality Project ambassador with two decades in environmental advocacy. He is a certified native plant landscaper by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, California Native Plant Society, Theodore Payne Foundation, and United States Green Building Council. His training includes professional waste management and zero waste planning from California Resource Recovery Association and a sustainability education at UCLA. He is a LEED Green Associate and currently is appointed to the board of directors at Westwood Greenway as well as being active with Los Angeles Community Forest Advisory Committee and LA Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance, and is a California Cool Block Leader for 2022. He created the advocacy organization, LA Native, which promotes biodiversity through native landscaping in public projects on behalf of over 30 stakeholder groups. His background includes an MA in Cinema Production from USC and work as a globally represented and exhibited fine art photographer.


Charles discussed a list of California native street trees and a version of his list can be downloaded here: Cal Native Trees for LA–10 5 2023.  Newer versions of the list may contain slight revisions.  Charles notes, ” It’s important to note that a good number of the species on the list are in the “needs development” category, in that they are good candidates for street trees but have little track record of this use and may be hard to obtain in the nursery trade. But over half the list are proven performers that with a little work are generally available.”

See the recording of Charles Miller on our YouTube channel.



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