In 2017, Pantone announced the Color of the Year was Greenery, a "refreshing and revitalizing shade" that is "symbolic of new beginnings." Pantone also said that Greenery was "emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality." Each year, Pantone selects a color that represents global culture and conveys a worldwide mood and attitude. From eco-friendly hotels to lush botanical gardens and a legendary spirit, read on for the many ways to go green and experience Greenery in Los Angeles.
Green Seal Hotels
GO METRO & GO GREEN
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) operates light rail, heavy rail, bus and bus rapid transit services. Visitors and locals alike can Go Metro and go green by riding the eco-friendly Metro Rail, with six lines spanning 105 miles of service. Metro currently has the largest compressed natural gas (CNG) bus fleet in the country - 2,500 CNG buses travel more than 85 million miles per year.
The Metro Green Line is a 20-mile light rail line running between Redondo Beach in the South Bay and Norwalk, about 17 miles southeast of Downtown L.A. The line opened on Aug. 12, 1995, the third line in the Metro Rail system following the Blue and Red Lines. The Green Line runs partially in the median of the Century Freeway (Interstate 105) with a mostly elevated section to the west. In addition to Redondo Beach and Norwalk, the route also serves the communities of El Segundo, Westchester, Hawthorne, South Los Angeles, Willowbrook (where it connects with the Blue Line), Lynwood and Downey. A free shuttle bus to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is available at the Aviation/LAX Station.
Parks & Gardens
Green Cars - Petersen Automotive Museum
On view in the "Why We Love the Automobile" exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Chevrolet Biscayne was a concept car built for the 1955 General Motors Motorama. Painted a brilliant green and sporting an interior that's green from the steering wheel to the floor mats, the 1955 Biscayne showcased Chevrolet's new “Turbo-Fire” V-8 engine and innovative features like a panoramic windshield, rear "suicide doors" and swiveling front seats. The Biscayne's futuristic styling cues would influence subsequent GM vehicles, including the Corvette, Corvair and Riviera.
There are many more green cars to discover throughout the Petersen, from Steve McQueen's legendary 1956 Jaguar XK-SS (which he affectionately nicknamed the "Green Rat") to the eco-friendly cars in the Alternative Power exhibit, including the Detroit Electric Model 61 Brougham built in 1915.
Jade - LACMA
With cultural roots dating back thousands of years, jade is one of the world's most cherished gemstones. In China, Europe and around the world, jade has been shaped into jewelry, ornaments, tools, weapons, ritual artifacts and more. For global cultures, jade can represent good luck, prosperity, heaven or purity.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has numerous jade objects on view, which represent only a fraction of the museum's vast holdings. The LACMA jade collection ranges from Neolithic Chinese sculptures circa 2,600 B.C. to a 2008 "Damocles" ring by Dutch jewellry designer, Philip Sajet.
The LAIR - Los Angeles Zoo
Opened at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in March 2012, the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles) features visually stunning indoor-outdoor habitats for unique and endangered species. The LAIR's diverse collection includes some of the rarest species among North American zoos – some of which aren't showcased anywhere else in the world and others that have never been displayed at the L.A. Zoo.
Green is everywhere at the LAIR, from the green vines growing along the exterior fence to the living Green Roof. Visitors entering the LAIR’s main building will see rare species from around the world, such as neon green Fiji Island banded iguanas; serpents like the green mamba and the green tree python; and vibrant frogs like the Magnificent Tree Frog and Giant Mexican Leaf Frog.
If you drive along the world-famous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood in the daytime, it's nearly impossible to miss the bright green building at 8760 W. Sunset Blvd. Resembling a gamma ray-soaked version of The Forum in Inglewood, the circular building houses Mutato Muzika, the music production company owned by Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder of pioneering New Wave band, Devo. Originally known as "the Beauty Pavilion," the building acquired its current green color when Mutato Muzika moved in. The neighbors objected to the new color, to which Mothersbaugh replied, "You know what? Your building is putty puke gray, so shut up!"
The 9,500 square-foot building was built in 1967 for Dr. Richard Alan Franklyn, a cosmetic surgeon and author. According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, Dr. Franklyn wanted the building to be "designed expressly for doing plastic surgery, with natural light streaming in through central skylights to illuminate the operating room." Although there's no architect listed on the building permit, the building was rumored to be designed by Oscar Niemeyer, a key figure in modern architecture who designed civic buildings for Brasília and the headquarters of the United Nations in New York.
Founded in L.A. in 1973 by then 18-year-old activist Andy Lipkis, TreePeople is a nonprofit environmental organization that inspires and supports the people of L.A. to plant and care for trees, harvest the rain, and renew depleted landscapes. Since its founding, TreePeople has involved more than 2 million people in planting and caring for more than 2 million trees.
Working with volunteer leaders to implement their Citizen Forester model, TreePeople partners with communities to grow a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains. TreePeople operates out of the Center for Community Forestry at the 45-acre Coldwater Canyon Park, which hosts a variety of tours, school field trips, dog walks and moonlight hikes.
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The Green Fairy - The Edison
Shrouded in myth and legend, the green colored spirit known as absinthe originated in Switzerland in the 18th century and gained notoriety in late 19th and early 20th century France as the drink of choice among Parisian artists and writers. Nicknamed "la fée verte" (the green fairy), absinthe was enjoyed by Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, Edgar Allan Poe and Lord Byron among many others.
Stepping into The Edison, a stunning venue located beneath the streets of Downtown L.A., is like entering a steampunk novel come to life. Look carefully and you might find an actual green fairy, who pushes a vintage bar cart loaded with a variety of flavored absinthe shots.