• Lessons from the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Please join us Saturday, May 16 via Zoom for a discussion about lessons we can learn from the coronavirus pandemic with Garen Baghdasarian, a marine biologist and professor at Santa Monica College. We will talk about the implications for sustainability and how we can use these lessons to strengthen our work going forward. 

    To join, go to call in, dial (646) 558-8656,2244442222#, #.

    Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 02:00 PM · 30 rsvps
    Zoom ( in Los Angeles, CA
    30 RSVPs
  • Vision for Our Parks

    The Los Angeles Parks Foundation wants to hear from members of the NCSA network about your vision for our parks. The foundation, a nonprofit created as a public-private partnership to support the City of Los Angeles's Department of Recreation and Parks, has a new focus on sustainability, climate change, and social equity, and wants to hear from you about the park-related needs and priorities of our communities and to hear your ideas for future projects and programs. So join operations manager Chance Kawar via Zoom Tuesday, April 7 for a conversation about the future of our parks.

    To join, RSVP and go to

    Meeting ID: 762 792 4644

    Tuesday, April 07, 2020 at 07:00 PM · 12 rsvps
    12 RSVPs
  • Green New Year, LA's Green New Deal

    Are you wondering how you and other neighborhood councils can help address the climate crisis? Would you like to engage your community to make a difference?

    Join us Saturday afternoon, January 11 at Los Angeles City College (LACC) to hear from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, to learn what other neighborhood councils are doing, and to discuss any ideas you have to support LA's Green New Deal.

    This is an opportunity to talk with people from other neighborhood councils and brainstorm and flesh out ideas, with the support of the City and the NCSA.

    IMPORTANT—if you have an idea for a neighborhood council or are already doing something and would like to discuss it with a small group on the 11th (for feedback, to improve it, or in case others might be inspired by it), please let NCSA steering board member Lisa Hart know by emailing You can also just bring your idea or topic to the meeting.

    And you can visit to check out LA's Green New Deal.


    Where to go and how to get there:

    The meeting will be held on the LACC campus on the first floor of the Student Union building. Here is a link to a map of the LACC campus:

    LACC is just south of the Vermont/Santa Monica station on Metro's Red Line (now the B line). 
    If you are driving, you can park on campus. Enter the parking structure marked "Lot 4" on Heliotrope Drive north of Melrose. The Student Union building is just east of the parking structure.
    Want to carpool? Let folks know via this link:
    E-scooters are not permitted on campus.
    There are bike racks to the west of the Student Union building.

    Please bring a reusable bottle or thermos.

    See you soon!

    Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 01:00 PM · 101 rsvps
    101 RSVPs
  • 2019 Congress

    In April of this year, Mayor Garcetti announced a refresh of LA’s sustainability pLAn, LA’s Green New Deal, to address the climate crisis. What can neighborhood councils do to support LA’s Green New Deal at the hyperlocal level while increasing civic engagement? We will talk about how to create actionable goals that are aligned with the Green New Deal and will also provide participants with tools for effecting change in urban forestry, decarbonizing buildings, addressing extreme heat, and more!

    This workshop is part of the Congress of Neighborhoods, which will be held all day Saturday, September 28 at City Hall, 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. (The entrance is on Main Street.) Our workshop will be from 1:00 to 2:30. 

    Please be sure to register for the Congress at Registration will likely close before Saturday.

    Speakers are:

    Jacquelyn (Jackie) Badejo, Watts Clean Air and Energy Committee

    Joanne D’Antonio, NCSA Trees Committee Chair and Greater Valley Glen NC board member

    Dan Kegel, NCSA Advocacy Committee Chair and Greater Wilshire NC Sustainability Committee member

    Rachel Malarich, City Forest Officer for the City of LA

    Lauren Faber O’Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of LA

    Conrad Starr, Greater Wilshire NC board member

    Jessalyn Waldron, Palms NC board member and Green Committee Co-Chair

    Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 01:00 PM
    City Hall
    0 RSVPs
  • Sustainable Practices for Developers

    Can we leverage neighborhood councils' planning and land use committees to foster sustainable development?

    Come listen to representatives of neighborhood councils that have begun to incorporate sustainability (such as tree preservation, energy conservation, electric vehicle charging capabilities, and stormwater capture) into their discussions with developers. And talk with representatives of the US Green Building Council and the City Planning Department, as well as developers, as we share best practices, what has worked, what hasn't, and where we want to go from here.

    And please bring members of your NCs' planning and land use committees!

    Find buddies to carpool with at
    The center is a short walk from the Orange Line—the nearest stop is Tampa.

    Light snacks will be provided. Please bring a reusable bottle or mug!

    We have changed the start time to 2 pm in order to accommodate the Neighborhood Council Budget Day.
    And we have moved the location (just a very short distance) in order to avoid the heat!

    Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 02:00 PM · 57 rsvps
    Tarzana Child Care Center in Tarzana, CA
    57 RSVPs
  • 100% clean, renewable energy

    How and when will we move to 100% clean, renewable energy?

    Since Mayor Garcetti's announcement in February that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will not be repowering three gas-fired power plants, the question has arisen—what will we use instead to power our homes and businesses? How quickly can we move to 100%?

    Garcetti's launch of a "Green New Deal" includes a target of 80% renewable energy by 2036. Will that be in time? Can we (must we) do more?

    This forum will be an opportunity to talk with some of the leading thinkers in the city about the challenges and opportunities we face and where we go from here. We will also explore what role neighborhood councils can play in the transition. 

    This is largely uncharted territory—we are truly on a new frontier. Please join us for what is bound to be a stimulating conversation! 

    Speakers include:

        Eric Montag, LADWP Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Resource Development

        Adrienne Underwood, Sunrun Campaign Manager, Public Policy

        Jasmin Vargas, Senior Organizer, Food & Water Watch

        Aura Vasquez, former LADWP Commissioner


    Sign up to carpool at


    Driving/Entering Directions
    Once you arrive at 2250 Alcazar Street, turn into the middle of the three driveways, at the sign L17, pass to the right of the unstaffed kiosk, and park in the back. Enter through the doors at the rear of the building, which have a design on them that looks like a musical score (but represents, I am told, yellow proteins on a stainless steel chromosome chain). Signs will direct you upstairs to the Harkness Lecture Hall. There is an elevator toward the front of the building.

    Attached is a parking pass for a car windshield, in case you are driving. (If you forget it—no worries! Just come on in; we’ll have one for you there.)


    Other Details
    The room might be chilly—be prepared!

    We will have snacks. And we strive to be sustainable, so please bring a mug or water bottle.



    Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 01:00 PM · 58 rsvps
    58 RSVPs
  • November 2018 Election Forum

    We will discuss two local sustainability-related issues that will be on the November ballot:

    • Charter Amendment B, which would pave the way for a public bank in the City of Los Angeles
    • Measure W, which would facilitate stormwater capture in Los Angeles County


    Speakers on the issues will include:

    Lauren Ahkiam—Director, Water Project, LAANE (Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy)
    Madeline Merritt—Public Bank Los Angeles
    Jay Handal—Co-Chair, Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates
    Pamela Manning—Community and Government Relations Representative, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

    We will also invite updates from our NCSA committees and member representatives.

    We'll meet at Holman United Methodist Church in the Bowick Music Room. There is parking is on-site. Want to carpool? Visit

    Bring your own bottle!

    Questions? Contact Lisa Hart at or 323.660.2780.


    Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 01:00 PM · 30 rsvps
    Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, CA
    30 RSVPs
  • Great Green Space Event




    Great Green Spaces Flier

    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 on the Climate-Smart Cities tool from the Trust for Public Land on how to optimize your neighborhood green spaceand add to it where it's needed most. We'll also have updates on our committees' 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 to provide the most equitable and environmental bang for the buck. Learn to use this tool to create and enhance 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!


    Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM · 38 rsvps
    38 RSVPs
  • June 16 Event

    Come meet your fellow NCSA representatives and supporters! We’ll spend some time getting to know each other…and spend some time talking about WATER

    Powerful droughts. Flash floods. Fire. Erosion. Urban heat island effect.

    Aging and outmoded infrastructure. Polluted rivers.

    To address these challenges, we can and must quickly implement a range of infrastructural, ecological, institutional, and behavioral responses.

    Come talk with Melanie Winter, Director of The River Project, about what we can do to create a path to a more resilient future, as individuals, as neighborhood councils, and as a city.

    And learn what our committees are up to, including next steps regarding our efforts to limit the negative health effects of oil drilling. And talk with us about what YOU are up to!

    BYOB—bring your own reusable water bottle or cup




    Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 01:00 PM · 34 rsvps
    Hollywood Constituent Center in Los Angeles, CA
    34 RSVPs
  • Leadership retreat

    The NCSA turns 4 this year! Our successes couldn't have happened without you! We collaborated, networked, educated, and activated.

    On Sunday, February 11, 2018, we invite you to celebrate, reflect on, and further our collective efforts toward building sustainable communities across the City of Los Angeles. 

    Join us for breakfast, followed by an interactive dialogue and planning session facilitated by Envision Consulting.


    9:00am - 9:30am: Gathering and Breakfast 

    9:30am - 12:30pm: NCSA Leadership Retreat: Community Gathering

    Parking: Free parking is available to the right side and rear of our venue (look for Bank of America signage), as well as on the street (Sherman Way). If you park in the lot, please choose a space in the rear and to the west side of the palm trees. Bank-designated parking spaces, especially those near ATMS, should be avoided.

    This event has been made possible through the support of the Annenberg Foundation and the Reseda Neighborhood Council. Thank you!!

    Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 09:00 AM
    45 RSVPs
  • NCSA Energy Forum


    Join the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA) for our next forum!


    Getting to 100% Renewable Energy for Los Angeles – What’s Next? 

    It’s been almost a year since the NCSA took its first formal advocacy position supporting Los Angeles moving off fossil fuels and transitioning to 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible. While City Council did pass a motion last year calling for LADWP to study the transition to 100% renewables, we want to update you on what has happened since then.

    Please join us THIS Saturday, July 15 to hear from experts from Food & Water Watch, LADWP, NRDC, and Standing Together Against Neighborhood Drilling (STAND LA) and learn about the status of the study, what’s next for LA, and how you and your Neighborhood Council can take action on initiatives to green our ports and curb neighborhood drilling.

    We’ll also have updates from the NCSA Trees and Leafblower committees, and there will be time for discussion and networking. 

    All welcome, though space is limited, so please RSVP today!

    Refreshments provided; please help us minimize waste by bringing a reusable beverage container.

    Street parking.

    Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 51 rsvps
    Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Los Angeles (Westchester), CA
    51 RSVPs
  • Measure S forum

    Undecided on Measure S (also known as the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative)?

    Join the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance for a moderated conversation with experts on both sides of the issue, and hear about the implications for our environment.

    Our panelists are:

    Jack Humphreville, columnist for CityWatch LA and president of the Department of Water and Power Advocacy Committee 

    Miki Jackson, grassroots activist and consultant to AIDS Healthcare Foundation

    Michael Manville, assistant professor of urban planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

    Mark Vallianatos, co-founder of Abundant Housing LA and member of the Zoning Advisory Committee for re:code LA


    Dr. Adonia E. Lugo, anthropologist and sustainability educator

     To read the actual language of the measure, visit

    Please note—the NCSA has not taken a position on the measure.


    The entrance to the meeting space is on Butler, just north of Olympic and on the west side of Butler, on the corner of Mississippi. There is parking on Colby, one block to the west.

    Looking for someone to carpool with? Visit

    Light refreshments will be served, and as always, we strive to make our meetings zero-waste. So please bring a cup!
    And thank you to the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council for their help in organizing this forum.

    Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 58 rsvps
    Fire Station 59 (West LA) in Los Angeles, CA
    58 RSVPs
  • Cool Block Cafe - Oct 23

    Join us for refreshments, then learn all about the Cool Blocks LA program, hear from current Cool Block leaders, and find out how you can build a Cool Block and improve quality of life in your neighborhood!  

    This event is free, but space is limited and we ask that you please make a reservation.

    Also, to lead a Cool Block during our January - June 2017 pilot, you must:

    - Be a City of LA resident

    - Be able to attend our free, all-day Cool Block Leader training workshop on Sunday, November 6, 2016, in central LA.

    - Be able to devote, on average, 2-3 hours per week to Cool Block activities, from January - June 2017.

    Thank you!


    PS. Interested in carpooling? Here's a handy link:



    Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 01:30 PM
    Hollywood City Hall in Los Angeles, CA
    55 RSVPs
  • Pizza Social

    COME UNWIND with the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA) and your fellow 2016 Congress of Neighborhoods participants, immediately following the Congress!

    We'll be at Pitfire Pizza, an easy walk from City Hall.

    The NCSA will provide pizza, pasta, and salad; beer, wine, and other beverages available for purchase.


    Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 04:30 PM · 46 rsvps
    Pitfire Pizza in Los Angeles, CA
    46 RSVPs
  • Cool Blocks LA Cafe - information session

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    Want to become a Cool Block Leader? Join us, meet other folks who are interested, and learn more about the program.

    A program summary can be found here


    Want to carpool? Check this out to find or offer a ride:

    If you are driving, you can park in the LADWP lot for free. The lot is on Hope just north of the building. Enter where you see a sign that reads:
    Customer Parking
    GATE 6
    Tell the parking attendant that you are here for the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance meeting. Once you have parked, follow the signs to the lobby.

    Check in at the desk in the lobby. You can say you are here for the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance meeting in the A-level cafeteria conference room 3. Follow the signs conference room 3 (one level below, through the cafeteria, to conference room 3).

    Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 01:30 PM · 46 rsvps
    46 RSVPs
  • Forming & Growing Effective NC Green Teams

    Ever wonder how your Neighborhood Council can have more of an impact on green and sustainability issues, either through advocacy efforts or by empowering your community members to take action on quality of life issues that matter the most to their neighborhoods?  

    If so, please join the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance at its next public forum THIS Saturday, March 12 from 1-4 pm.

    You will:

    You’ll also hear about the NCSA's exciting new Cool Blocks LA program, which offers Neighborhood Councils a smart and simple way to help residents build green, healthy, resilient, and socially connected neighborhoods, block by block.

    Don't miss this opportunity to learn and share with fellow community sustainability advocates!  

    This event is free, but space is limited and RSVPs are required.  

    PANELISTS: Sherri Akers (Mar Vista), Charles Miller (Palms), Josh Paget (Mid-City West), Lisa Cahan Davis (Studio City)



    Light refreshments will be served.

    Please bring your reusable water bottle or coffee mug! We are striving to make this a no-waste event.

    Get there with public transportation using Metro's Trip Planner. If you are driving to the event, please plan to park on the street, as the Hollenbeck Police Station visitor parking spots will be reserved for police business.  

    Find people to carpool with to our event using this tool!




    Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 01:00 PM · 74 rsvps
    Hollenbeck Police Station in Los Angeles, CA
    74 RSVPs
  • NCSA Climate Forum—December 5, 2015

    On Sat, Dec 5, the NCSA will host a climate action forum for Neighborhood Council stakeholders. Attendees will learn the latest about climate change challenges and solutions, from the City of Light to the City of Angels, and explore how to build climate-resilient communities in LA.  

    Confirmed participating organizations:

    *** This event is currently at maximum capacity. If you'd like to be placed on the waiting list, please send a note to:, and include your neighborhood council or organization affiliation. ***


    Saturday, December 05, 2015 at 12:45 PM · 70 rsvps
    Junipero Serra Branch Library in Los Angeles, CA
    70 RSVPs
    sold out
  • Mixer—September 26, 2015

    The NCSA invites all Congress of Neighborhoods attendees to join us directly after the Congress for an informal mixer and opportunity to co-design a vibrant future for LA!

    Enjoy appetizers and a drink with fellow Neighborhood Council members and supporters at the Justice Urban Tavern, and collaborate with an award-winning team of visual designers to help shape the "LA2050" Plan -- which aims to make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live by 2050.

    Space is limited! Please RSVP here, then stop by the NCSA table during the Congress to pick up your drink ticket for the mixer event.

    Many thanks to the hard work of our NCSA governing board and committee volunteers, and generous support by the Goldhirsh Foundation, Co-Design Group, and TreePeople, for making this event possible!

    Note: Warm weather is forecasted for Saturday, so when you arrive at the Tavern - a very short walk from City Hall - you'll likely find us on their private, shaded patio. (If it's uncomfortably warm, we'll head inside.)

    Parking: If you have a Congress parking pass for the "City Hall East” parking structure located at 201 North Los Angeles Street, LA 90012, we understand that you can leave your car there while at the mixer (but not overnight). The Doubletree Hotel does offer validated parking for Tavern and other guests, at $5 for 2 hours.




    Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 04:30 PM · 34 rsvps
    34 RSVPs
  • NCSA Water Committee Meeting

    Please join us for the NCSA Water Committee Meeting Saturday, August 29 at 10am at the Mar Vista Library. 

    As part of the meeting, LADWP will be presenting on the Water & Power Rate Request. Please send any questions you would like to have answered to Carolyn ahead of time and she will submit those to LADWP so that we have a productive meeting.

    Click here for the full agenda. 

    Please contact Carolyn or Sherri for more information: 

    Carolyn Casavan:  818‐512‐0512

    Sherri Akers:

    We look forward to seeing you there! 

    Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM
    Mar Vista Library in Los Angeles , CA
    8 RSVPs
  • "Save the Drop" and Lawn Conversion Campaign Workshop—May 16, 2015

    The NCSA is pleased to partner with the City to support its new “Save the Drop” campaign and aggressive water conservation goals. An immediate priority is reducing residential water use through lawn conversion to watershed-wise landscaping.

    Neighborhood Councils (NCs) are vital to the success of this effort. Please join the NCSA at our next workshop on Saturday, May 16, and help shape a lawn conversion program that Neighborhood Councils across the City can implement!

    Come share your unique knowledge of your neighborhood, and help us identify:

    • What are the barriers to lawn transformation in your neighborhood or community?

    • What types of programs can the NCSA or the City develop for NCs to overcome these barriers? How can we most effectively foster lawn conversion across NC’s?

    • What resources do NCs need to be successful?

    • How should NCs and the City measure the effectiveness of the program?

    This will be a highly interactive workshop. Following a presentation by LADWP on the City’s new “Save the Drop” campaign and water conservation goals, there will be time for Q&A before we discuss the lawn conversion initiative.

    We’ll also set aside time for brief (2-minute) reports on up to five local sustainability policy issues of interest to attendees. If there is a specific council file or issue you’d like to report on or see addressed, please let us know:


    1:30 - 2:00 pm:  Gathering / Refreshments / Resource tables and networking

    2:00 - 2:40 pm:  The City's water conservation goals and “Save the Drop” campaign: Overview and Q&A with LADWP

    2:40 - 3:40 pm:  NC lawn conversion initiative: Facilitated conversation with NC stakeholders

    3:40 - 4:00 pm:  Advocacy reports and NCSA governance/membership update

    4:00 - 4:15 pm:  Additional networking opportunity


    Public and nonprofit partners that include HoneyLove, the Hollywood/LA Beautification Team, LADWP, Pando Populus, Surfrider Foundation, TreePeople, and Water LA will be available to speak with attendees and share resources that you can take back to your Neighborhood Council.

    The NCSA strives to minimize its event footprint. Please help by bringing a reusable water bottle to the event, and sharing a ride or using sustainable forms of transportation if feasible. Directions can be found here:

    The NCSA is volunteer-led; please RSVP to better help us with planning.


    NCSA Chair, Laura Mack:

    NCSA Steering Committee:




    Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 01:30 PM
    TreePeople in Beverly Hills, CA
    73 RSVPs
  • Inaugural Forum—February 21, 2015

    Please join us for our inaugural forum! We have a wonderful program planned, including discussions with the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, TreePeople, and the Mar Vista Community Council Green Committee. Our focus at this meeting will be sustainable water and landscaping strategies, and related advocacy and community engagement opportunities for Neighborhood Councils.


    2:00 - 2:30 pm: Networking and refreshments, plus a resource table and opportunity to share your ideas for NCSA planning

    2:30 - 4:30 pm: Program and discussion: Sustainable water and landscaping strategies: What they are, why they matter, and how Neighborhood Councils can take action.

    Confirmed speakers:

    Ted Bardacke, AICP, LEED AP, Deputy Director, Sustainability Office, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

    Grayce Liu, General Manager, Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment, City of Los Angeles

    Lisa Cahill, Director of Sustainable Solutions, TreePeople

    Sherri Akers, Green Committee Co-Chair and Director At Large, Mar Vista Community Council

    Additional information:  

    While the formal program doesn't begin until 2:30 pm, we invite you to arrive early to enjoy the beautiful grounds, or come inside for refreshments and networking. LADWP and other organizations will also be on hand to share information about the California-Friendly Landscape Incentive Program and additional resources that you can take back to your Neighborhood Council.

    Kids welcome! TreePeople has generously offered to host a separate activity (Eco Tour, etc) for children of our attendees, from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The activity will be suitable for children ages 5 and up. If you are interested, please let us know how many kids you're bringing. 

    To support a sustainable event, we encourage guests to: bring your own reusable name badge; bring a reusable water bottle(s); and use sustainable forms of transport.

    Detailed directions to TreePeople can be found here:

    Parking is free.

    EV charger stations are not available onsite at this time.


    Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 02:00 PM
    TreePeople in Beverly Hills, CA
    100 RSVPs