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EarthFest LA, 2013
September 28, 2013
EarthFest LA, a family-friendly environmental / healthy living expo and outdoor concert was produced by California Greenworks a non-profit whose mission is to bring green and healthy living education programs to inner-city neighborhoods. EarthFests’ activitiees included a panel discussion on Obamacare comprised of insurance and policy leaders who helped attendees understand what the new law means for them and what actions, particularly the self-insured and uninsured, should take. Panelists took questions from the floor and engaged in one on one conversations with participants following the panel discussion. A second panel, Architecture for Social Change, addressed new challenges to developing a sustainable workforce, meaningful education, the need to share and leverage existing resources and think holistically. Conversation included Health, Safety, Social Science, Science, Math, Engineering, Architecture and Design. Aligning these with new tools including Enterprise Management, Digital Fabrication, Geospatial Technologies and Social Media and demonstrating their potential to empower and transform our communities from the inside out inspired an engaged audience. The panels were organized by the USC Institute for Genetic Medicine Art Gallery. See p. 15 of this article for more information
Outside in the courtyard and on the college lawn, information booths, demonstrations, presentations by Youth Build, LULAC and the popular STAR Eco Station for the kids further engaged EarthFest participants. An outdoor concert featured smooth jazz artist and Grammy winner Paul Brown, hit band Ambrosia, Latin-groove artist Freddie Ravel, and up-and-coming singer/songwriter Chris Lightfoot.