Category: Sustainability

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

23275356_1634626913260638_6337814961795872293_o

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

CSUN Associated Students Sustainability Center Grand Opening

AS Sustainability Center Grand Opening flyer 2017.10.26

CSUN ASSOCIATED STUDENTS SUSTAINABILITY CENTER GRAND OPENING
Thursday, October 26th at 1:00 PM

Sustainability Center / OST Lawn (corner of Lindley and Vincennes)
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA

AS Sustainability Center Grand Opening invitation 2017.10.26

The Great LA River Clean Up

CU16_Bannerv3.jpg

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

a45decd6-9af6-476e-8390-fbf.jpg

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

la-me-ln-garcetti-budget-20140414-001

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 »

WaterWise Solution: Recycled Water

PurplePipes

As the City’s imported water supply becomes more critical, so does the need to expand our local, sustainable water resources, including water recycling. Water recycling offers a reliable, economically feasible and environmentally sensitive way to augment the city’s water supplies. Recycling programs treat wastewater so that it can be used safely for irrigation and industrial purposes, groundwater replenishment, as a barrier against seawater intrusion and for other beneficial environmental uses.

Los Angeles has used recycled water since 1979 for irrigation. Recycled water keeps the landscape healthy in areas of Griffith Park, along with the Mount Sinai and Forest Lawn Memorial Parks. Currently, the LADWP is expanding its recycled water program to include both groundwater replenishment utilizing advanced treated purified recycled water to recharge groundwater supplies and a large purple pipe distribution system.

LADWP has made water recycling a key strategy of the Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP). The UWMP is a blueprint for creating reliable sources of water for the future of Los Angeles. The goal is to increase the total amount of recycled water to 59,000 acre-feet per year by 2035.

As technology advances, the possibility of recycling water to potable quality has become even more realistic. The Omniprocessor, a water purification device designed by Janicki Industries and partly funded by the Gates Foundation, recently successfully demonstrated how it converts sewer sludge into drinking water, electricity, and pathogen-free ash. A pilot project in Dakar, Senegal later this year will test the Omniprocessor in an urban context.

Improved purification technologies and better infrastructure can drive solutions for reducing the use of fresh water and dependency on imported water. For now, recycled water can already be put to a multitude of non-potable uses, and plays a major role in the strategy for a less thirsty Los Angeles.