What is “urban sustainability?” Graduate student Julia Casillas will clarify that lofty-sounding term by taking it to a more approachable, down-to-earth level when she speaks to the Arcadia Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at its February meeting. A graduate of Arcadia High School, Casillas is now a Master’s degree candidate at Antioch University in Los Angeles and a recipient of an AAUW Educational Foundation Career Development Grant.
In her presentation, Casillas will explain that urban sustainability encompasses both the most pressing environmental issues—global warming, air and water pollution, deforesting—and social justice issues, especially as they apply to women. She emphasizes that women as “trail-blazers” should be recognized for their role in bringing environmental justice concerns into the mainstream, such as Lois Gibbs’ taking on industrial giants in the Love Canal (New York) disaster. Casillas will also touch on the growing Food Movement in which farmers’ markets, community gardens, and other grass-roots efforts are flourishing.
Casillas will present her research findings on Monday, February 13, when Arcadia AAUW meets at the Church of the Good Shepherd’s Jordan Hall, 400 W. Duarte Rd. (corner of Duarte Rd. and Holly Ave.), Arcadia. Socializing and refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. with the program to follow at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to this free program presented by a young woman whose interest and concern for the environment can inspire all of us.
For more information, please call Tamara Kato at (626) 375-6756 or Patricia Dietrich at (626) 446-8437.
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