Sustainable Communities Presentation - LA Bioneers Beaming Conference October 17, 2009

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Published on October 21, 2009

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This is the presentation that Ashley Zarella Hand, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA made on behalf of the Sustainability Committee of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. Ashley, Chair of the Sustainability Committee, spoke on a panel regarding Sustainable Communities at the first-ever LA Bioneers Beaming Conference - an event the committee also partnered on.

1. Community-driven change

2. Ashley Zarella Hand, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA Chair, Sustainability Committee Director, Area-Wide Workforce, Private Sector Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Publicly elected June 2008 Have worked downtown at AECOM since October 2007 Have lived here since July 2008

Ashley Zarella Hand, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA

Chair, Sustainability Committee

Director, Area-Wide Workforce, Private Sector

Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council

Publicly elected June 2008

Have worked downtown at AECOM since October 2007

Have lived here since July 2008

3. Pasadena-Harbor Fwy (110) Hollywood Fwy (101) Santa Monica Fwy (10) LA River 1 3 4 2 Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (Founded 2002)

Pasadena-Harbor Fwy (110)

Hollywood Fwy (101)

Santa Monica Fwy (10)

LA River

4. Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (Founded 2002) One of 89 neighborhood councils, part of city-wide system started by 1999 City of Los Angeles Charter revision. Representing stakeholders who live, work, own a business , or are otherwise interested in the community. A 28 member board of directors (representing residents, workforce, business, social service providers, homeless, artists, educators) The 10:1 ratio More than 400,000 people work downtown while about 40,000 people live here.

One of 89 neighborhood councils, part of city-wide system started by 1999 City of Los Angeles Charter revision.

Representing stakeholders who live, work, own a business , or are otherwise interested in the community.

A 28 member board of directors (representing residents, workforce, business, social service providers, homeless, artists, educators)

The 10:1 ratio More than 400,000 people work downtown while about 40,000 people live here.

5. The Sustainability Committee is dedicated to empowering the Downtown community to create a culture of sustainability . We will work with the community to increase accessibility to existing programs and services through outreach and public education . We will identify and create opportunities for new programming and partnerships to meet our goals for a more livable , affordable , and efficient urban center. Sustainability Committee (Our mission)

6. Sustainability Committee (Founded 2008) Developing a community greening strategy and resource toolkit for Downtown Los Angeles Increase participation by community members not traditionally involved with the neighborhood council Focusing on city services so product/work/case studies/reports/etc. is transferrable for use by other neighborhood councils

Developing a community greening strategy and resource toolkit for Downtown Los Angeles

Increase participation by community members not traditionally involved with the neighborhood council

Focusing on city services so product/work/case studies/reports/etc. is transferrable for use by other neighborhood councils

7. Our tools (Sustainability Committee: eight community projects) Outreach Connecting people to services and programs Reach stakeholders at the neighborhood level Focus on sharing information and capacity-building (rather than trying to do it ourselves) Education Knowledge-sharing Engage those with the know-how (professional or otherwise) to participate in community-based initiatives Empower the individual through community support Advocacy Voice for the community where necessary Change the way the Neighborhood Council functions Facilitate change through action

Outreach Connecting people to services and programs

Reach stakeholders at the neighborhood level

Focus on sharing information and capacity-building (rather than trying to do it ourselves)

Education Knowledge-sharing

Engage those with the know-how (professional or otherwise) to participate in community-based initiatives

Empower the individual through community support

Advocacy Voice for the community where necessary

Change the way the Neighborhood Council functions

Facilitate change through action

8. 2009 Community-Based Initiatives (Sustainability Committee: eight community projects) Livability Urban Beautification and Living Solutions Project 1: Rooftop Edible & Composting Containers Project 2: Tree Planting Affordability Equity Now and for the Future Project 3: Increase Participation in Energy & Water Efficiency Programs Project 4: Increase participation in Recycling and Food Waste Programs Efficiency Resource Efficiency/Efficient Use of Resources Project 5: Online Resource Toolkit of Existing Resources Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant Empowerment Representing our Community as a Knowledgeable and Inclusive Voice Project 7: Event and Education Programming & Calendar Project 8: Green Living Program

Livability Urban Beautification and Living Solutions

Project 1: Rooftop Edible & Composting Containers

Project 2: Tree Planting

Affordability Equity Now and for the Future

Project 3: Increase Participation in Energy & Water Efficiency Programs

Project 4: Increase participation in Recycling and Food Waste Programs

Efficiency Resource Efficiency/Efficient Use of Resources

Project 5: Online Resource Toolkit of Existing Resources

Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant

Empowerment Representing our Community as a Knowledgeable and Inclusive Voice

Project 7: Event and Education Programming & Calendar

Project 8: Green Living Program

9. Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) Objective: Create a tree planting initiative that maps opportunities for new street trees downtown. Set a realistic goal for number of trees planted in 2009 and identify key areas of the neighborhood with the greatest need.

10. Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) FEB Project Lead (Board Member) designed program for outreach, education, and advocacy. Create a pilot Understand the issues Inspire other projects (Rotary Club)

Create a pilot

Understand the issues

Inspire other projects (Rotary Club)

11. Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) APR Research and community outreach to tree planting organizations, neighborhood stakeholders. Contacted every elected official with our neighborhood in their district (State, County, City).

12. Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) MAY Community outreach and a project team meeting to enlist volunteers for the project. Community Partner Los Angeles Conservation Corps

Community Partner Los Angeles Conservation Corps

13. Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) JUN “ Tree Fair” Educational Event at Central Public Library for information about planting trees. Los Angeles Conservation Corps Million Trees LA DWP Rotary Club of Los Angeles Morning LA Neighborhood Land Trust Pershing Square

Los Angeles Conservation Corps

Million Trees LA

DWP

Rotary Club of Los Angeles Morning

LA Neighborhood Land Trust

Pershing Square

14. Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) JUN Survey Day with volunteers from Skid Row and the community-at-large for a morning walk/early afternoon around the neighborhood

15. Tree Planting Survey Day (June 2006) [applause]

16. Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) ONGOING Outreach and ongoing discussions with community partners. Research into maintenance funding – grants, elected officials, and Neighborhood Council Funds ($500).

17. Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) OCT Designation as a “Signature Project” with a $11,160 maintenance budget 31 trees to maintain * 2 times a month * 12 months = $372/month 3 years of maintenance (24 gal trees) $4,500 committed $6,660 to raise

18. Case Study: Skid Row Pilot (Project 2: Tree Planting) Phase I: planting 31 trees on S. Alameda Committed three years for maintenance Signature tree status means bigger trees will be planted Pursuing additional funding for Phase II

Phase I: planting 31 trees on S. Alameda

Committed three years for maintenance

Signature tree status means bigger trees will be planted

Pursuing additional funding for Phase II

19. They’re coming! (Project 2: Tree Planting) 24-gallon Fern Pine Trees podocarpus macrophylla

24-gallon Fern Pine Trees podocarpus macrophylla

20. Pilot Develop a project template for future community-based tree planting initiatives Evaluate the issues Create a resource tool for the neighborhood through documentation and outreach Inspire other projects Foster partnerships to address community issues Empowerment Representing our Community as a Knowledgeable and Inclusive Voice Case Study: Skid Row Pilot (Project 2: Tree Planting)

Pilot Develop a project template for future community-based tree planting initiatives

Evaluate the issues Create a resource tool for the neighborhood through documentation and outreach

Inspire other projects Foster partnerships to address community issues

Empowerment Representing our Community as a Knowledgeable and Inclusive Voice

21. Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant) American Institute of Architects, Center for Communities by Design $15,000 in professional assistance $5,000 community match 10 communities selected in 2009

American Institute of Architects, Center for Communities by Design

$15,000 in professional assistance

$5,000 community match

10 communities selected in 2009

22. Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant) [8 months = signed MOU with the City]

23. Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant) Develop community goals with the help of steering committee/leaders Plan for low-hanging fruit projects for Neighborhood Council Strategic approach for longer-term goals and broader partnerships

Develop community goals with the help of steering committee/leaders

Plan for low-hanging fruit projects for Neighborhood Council

Strategic approach for longer-term goals and broader partnerships

24. Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant) Livability Affordability Efficiency Walkability

Livability

Affordability

Efficiency

25. Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant) Interactive placemaking workshop with Project for Public Spaces & James Rojas Community participation to build reputation, empowerment, and determine priorities

Interactive placemaking workshop with Project for Public Spaces & James Rojas

Community participation to build reputation, empowerment, and determine priorities

26. Capacity-Building What role could the Neighborhood Council play in helping the community establish and meet sustainability goals? Partnerships We know our role is limited by resources and volunteer time – with whom should we partner to meet our goals? Low-Hanging Fruit What projects can we undertake? Long-Term Vision for the Community What should our strategic vision be for a sustainable community? How do we empower other Neighborhood Councils? Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)

Capacity-Building What role could the Neighborhood Council play in helping the community establish and meet sustainability goals?

Partnerships We know our role is limited by resources and volunteer time – with whom should we partner to meet our goals?

Low-Hanging Fruit What projects can we undertake?

Long-Term Vision for the Community What should our strategic vision be for a sustainable community? How do we empower other Neighborhood Councils?

27. Los Angeles is rapidly changing . The residential population increases annually. Social equity is an issue for all neighborhoods. There are empty tree wells, open storm drains, and a lot of waste. Practical, accessible, affordable solutions will have the most immediate impact.

28. Get involved with your neighborhood council. Share your passion for the environment. Civic engagement can save our city. downtownsustainability.com

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