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!
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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!
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!
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
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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.)
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.
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 email@example.com or 323.660.2780.
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 space—and 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
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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
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.Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 09:00 AMReseda Neighborhood Council Community Space in Reseda, CA45 RSVPs
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.
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 http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2016/16-1054_misc_12-23-16.pdf.
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 http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/aor8xc.
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.
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.
PS. Interested in carpooling? Here's a handy link:Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 01:30 PMHollywood City Hall in Los Angeles, CA55 RSVPs
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.
UPDATE AS OF SEPT 23: ONLINE RESERVATIONS FOR THIS EVENT ARE CLOSED. HOWEVER, WE HAVE SET ASIDE SOME SPACES FOR IN-PERSON RESERVATIONS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE DROP BY THE NCSA OUTREACH TABLE, AT THE 3RD FLOOR EXHIBIT AREA OF THE CONGRESS, FROM 8 AM - 3 PM ON SEPT 24. THANK YOU!
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: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/eiytjz
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:
DEPARTMENT OF WATER & POWER
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).
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.
Participate in a panel discussion on forming and growing effective Neighborhood Council green teams.
Learn about the current DWP reform public process and why it matters for a sustainable LA.
Pick up advocacy tips and weigh in on policy issues you’d like the NCSA to focus on.
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)
PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO CHECK-IN!
REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN AT 12:45. THE FORUM WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 1PM.
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! www.groupcarpool.com/t/x0o5yg
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:
City Plants - Rachel O'Leary, Program & Policy Coordinator
Climate Resolve - Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director
Esperanza Community Housing Corporation / STAND-LA - Sandy Navarro, Project Coordinator
Fossil Free LA - Dafne Gokcen, Neighborhood Council liaison
GRID Alternatives - Lidia Castelo and Sofia Ratcovich, Outreach Coordinators
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) - Jackie Cornejo, Project Director—Don't Waste LA
LA County Bicycle Coalition - Eric Bruins, Planning & Policy Director
LADWP - PJ Gagajena, Management Analyst, Office of Sustainability and Economic Development
LA Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) - Krista Kline, Executive Director
Mid City West Community Council - Taylor Nichols, Co-Chair, Transportation, Parking and Streetscape Committee
North East Trees - Aaron Thomas, Urban Forestry Manager
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti - Lauren Faber, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer
TreePeople - Torin Dunnavant, Director of Engagement and Partnerships
*** This event is currently at maximum capacity. If you'd like to be placed on the waiting list, please send a note to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and include your neighborhood council or organization affiliation. ***
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.
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.
Please contact Carolyn or Sherri for more information:
Carolyn Casavan: email@example.com 818‐512‐0512
Sherri Akers: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you there!Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 10:00 AMMar Vista Library in Los Angeles , CA8 RSVPs
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: email@example.com.
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: http://www.treepeople.org/directions
The NCSA is volunteer-led; please RSVP to better help us with planning.
NCSA Chair, Laura Mack: firstname.lastname@example.org
NCSA Steering Committee: email@example.comSaturday, May 16, 2015 at 01:30 PMTreePeople in Beverly Hills, CA73 RSVPs
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.
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
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: http://www.treepeople.org/directions
Parking is free.
EV charger stations are not available onsite at this time.
firstname.lastname@example.orgSaturday, February 21, 2015 at 02:00 PMTreePeople in Beverly Hills, CA100 RSVPs