• 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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