Category: Sustainability

Workshop: Great Green Space for a Climate-Smart LA

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Want to help your neighborhood maximize green space and be more climate resilient? Want to make the best and most equitable use of Measure A and Prop 68 funds for local parks?

Join us for a hands-on workshop with Fernando Cazares of the Trust for Public Land on how to make the most of your neighborhood green space—and add to it where it’s needed most. We’ll also have updates on our committee work on community oil drilling, trees, water, environmental health, and more, plus time to share what YOU are up to!

The Trust for Public Land has created a user-friendly tool to help city leaders and residents design, fund, and build climate-smart parks and green spaces where they can provide the most equitable and environmental bang for the buck.

Learn to use this tool to design and enhance your neighborhood “green infrastructure” serving four objectives: Connect (trails and transit lines to connect us), Cool (provide shade in key areas), Absorb (reduce flooding and recharge drinking water supplies while saving energy for water management), and Protect (strategically place green space to buffer cities from climate hazards). Check out a preview here!

BYOB—bring your own reusable water bottle or coffee mug

Connect with others to carpool to the event! https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/x5zas4

Saturday, August 25 from 10 am to 1 pm

Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center
1600 E 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

RSVP at https://www.ncsa.la/great_green_space

Be a Food Waste Warrior, Join the Los Angeles Food Waste Grant Challenge

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The City of Los Angeles is proud to announce a new Food Waste Grant Challenge as part of the City’s ongoing efforts to divert waste from landfills. Over 40% of edible food moving through LA goes to waste, yet more than half a million Angelenos struggle with food insecurity. Wasted food is a social, environmental and economic problem. Combating food waste regenerates resources, saves money for households, and feeds people.

Grant proposals are due on December 8, 2017. Awards will be announced in mid-December, with a target start date of all projects on January 22, 2018. Project categories include food waste prevention, food donation, upcycled use (including animal feed or fuel) and composting.

For more details, visit http://dpw.lacity.org/blog/los-angeles-food-waste-grant-challenge

The Great LA River Clean Up

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April 16, 23, 30

Fifteen sites, three days, one River

This April come down to the River for Friends of the Los Angeles River’s 27th annual Great LA River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza!

This year there is an urgent need for the 27th Annual Great Los Angeles River CleanUp. The dramatic El Niño swept through the watershed washing trash from surrounding areas into the channel which needs to be removed.

April is Earth Month you have three Saturdays – April 16th, 23rd, and 30th – and fifteen sites to choose from along the entire course of the LA River.

This Earth Month do your part – sign up for the CleanUp today!

To participate you must register and turn in a completed waiver at the CleanUp.

Dates and Locations

Upper River | April 16 | 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Bette Davis Picnic Area | Glendale Narrows Riverwalk | Tujunga Wash @ Haines Canyon Channel | Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex

Mid River | April 23 | 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Arroyo Seco Confluence | Fletcher Dr & Bowtie Parcel | The Frog Spot | Los Feliz Blvd | Marsh Park | Steelhead Park | Sunnynook Footbridge

Lower River | April 30 | 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Compton Creek @ Artesia Station | Compton Creek @ Del Amo Station | Golden Shore Marine Reserve | Willow Street Estuary  Read more »

Host or participate in a LADWP Lawn Be Gone Hands On Workshop

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Want to save water? Ready to tear out your lawn? Not sure where to begin?

The Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance is pleased to partner with LADWP, SELVA International, and Surfrider Foundation to offer FREE “Lawn Be Gone” Hands On Workshops (HOWs) on February 27 and March 5.

Learn how to: tear out turf without chemicals; capture rain water; build healthy living soil; plant California native plants; and create an eco-garden.

There are also a few slots available to host your own “Lawn Be Gone” Hands On Workshop at your home — and receive eco-friendly landscaping services at a very reduced cost!

For more information or to sign up, please visit this link.

Half the People in LA to Ditch their Cars? It’ll Happen, Insists Mayor

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Mayor Eric Garcetti released a long-range plan multibillion dollar plan, including bikesharing and solar panels, to get Los Angeles green.

Mayor Eric Garcetti released a long-range plan today that lays out his goals for making the city more economically and environmentally sustainable, including adding electric car charging outlets and bikeshare stations around the city and installing more solar panels on local rooftops and lots.

Garcetti, who discussed the 20-year sustainability plan at Echo Park Lake this morning, wants the city to set goals — most of them to be achieved over the next 10 and 20 years — in dozens of areas, such as cutting water and electricity usage, making buildings more energy efficient and reducing dependence on cars for transportation.

He is calling for reducing per capita water use 22.5 percent by 2025 and 25 percent by 2035, and aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent by 2025, 60 percent by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050.

Garcetti wants to raise the amount of local solar power produced to 900 to 1,500 megawatts by 2025, and 1,500 to 1,800 megawatts by 2035. Among the ideas in the plan for increasing local solar energy is to put at least 1 megawatt of solar energy capacity atop the Los Angeles Convention Center by 2017. Read more »

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