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March 16, 2012

Residents of Los Laureles community emerge as Environmental Leaders

by Paloma Aguirre
Photo by Paloma Aguirre

After participating in a series of three workshops through WiLDCOAST’s EPA funded Cañón Limpio Project on topics ranging from environmental education  to communication styles, a group of 20 residents from Los Laureles emerged as environmental leaders committed to serve as environmental promoters.

These environmental promoters will function as leaders in matters regarding addressing solid waste removal, trash assessment and reduction techniques such as recycling and composting to better address trash accumulation in their community and subsequently prevent cross-border pollution.

 “I do this because I care for my community and my family” said Gabriela a member of the team “we all know we have trash issues but we need to think of a better and healthier future for our children” “as promoters we can then know how to talk to our neighbors and encourage them to practice proper trash disposal”

Los Laureles community is a sub-basin of the Tijuana River Watershed with over 60,000 residents who produce on average 54 tons of trash per day but only about 50% have access to trash collection services. Much of this waste is carried by the stream flow after rainfall events into the U.S. Tijuana Estuary and  into the Pacific Ocean.

It is estimated that 42% of this waste is recyclable and 45% organic.

The Cañon Limpio project is a WiLDCOAST-Tijuana Calidad de Vida collaborative effort, funded through EPA's Border 2012 program and supported by the Institute for Municipal Planning of the City of Tijuana.