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Presentation made to LANCC on Saturday, January 2. There is an additional case study (Skid Row Tree Planting Pilot) for your reference. Questions? Email us at sustainability@dlanc.com

Presentation made to LANCC on Saturday, January 2. There is an additional case study (Skid Row Tree Planting Pilot) for your reference. Questions? Email us at sustainability@dlanc.com

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SDAT Process And Opportunities 010210 SDAT Process And Opportunities 010210 Presentation Transcript

  • Community-driven change
    • Ashley Zarella Hand, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA
    • Chair, Sustainability Committee
    • Director, Area-Wide Workforce, Private Sector
    • Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
    • Publicly elected June 2008
    • Have worked downtown at AECOM since October 2007
    • Have lived downtown since July 2008
    • Pasadena-Harbor Fwy (110)
    • Hollywood Fwy (101)
    • Santa Monica Fwy (10)
    • LA River
    1 3 4 2 Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (Founded 2002)
  • The Sustainability Committee is dedicated to empowering the Downtown community to create a culture of sustainability . We will work with the community to increase accessibility to existing programs and services through outreach and public education . We will identify and create opportunities for new programming and partnerships to meet our goals for a more livable , affordable , and efficient urban center. Sustainability Committee (Our mission)
  • Sustainability Committee (Founded 2008)
    • Developing a community greening strategy and resource toolkit for Downtown Los Angeles
    • Increase participation by community members not traditionally involved with the neighborhood council
    • Focusing on city services so product/work/case studies/reports/etc. is transferrable for use by other neighborhood councils
  • Our tools (Sustainability Committee: eight community projects)
    • Outreach Connecting people to services and programs
      • Reach stakeholders at the neighborhood level
      • Focus on sharing information and capacity-building (rather than trying to do it ourselves)
    • Education Knowledge-sharing
      • Engage those with the know-how (professional or otherwise) to participate in community-based initiatives
      • Empower the individual through community support
    • Advocacy Voice for the community where necessary
      • Change the way the Neighborhood Council functions
      • Facilitate change through action
  • 2009 Community-Based Initiatives (Sustainability Committee: eight community projects)
    • Livability Urban Beautification and Living Solutions
      • Project 1: Rooftop Edible & Composting Containers
      • Project 2: Tree Planting
    • Affordability Equity Now and for the Future
      • Project 3: Increase Participation in Energy & Water Efficiency Programs
      • Project 4: Increase participation in Recycling and Food Waste Programs
    • Efficiency Resource Efficiency/Efficient Use of Resources
      • Project 5: Online Resource Toolkit of Existing Resources
      • Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant
    • Empowerment Representing our Community as a Knowledgeable and Inclusive Voice
      • Project 7: Event and Education Programming & Calendar
      • Project 8: Green Living Program
  • Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
    • American Institute of Architects, Center for Communities by Design
    • $15,000 in professional assistance
    • $5,000 community match
    • 10 communities selected in 2009
    I am an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects. DLANC has paid $1,500 of the community match. Rotary of Los Angeles has committed $1,000. Typically awarded to Mayors’ offices. First time award to a community-based organization like an NC.
  • Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
    • Oct 2008: Committee started; voted to pursue grant with a November 2009 deadline
    Identify opportunity: membership as resource
  • Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
    • Nov 2008: One public meeting to discuss goals of grant and application draft. Participants invited to edit application.
    Community participation: critical to ownership
  • Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
    • Nov 2008: One primary writer. Three people submitted edits and comments to application. DLANC Costs: FedEx shipping.
    Qualified leadership: engaging key stakeholders
  • Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
    • Dec 2008: Notification received that grant application was successful.
    Celebrate success: seek recognition! 2009 Planning Excellence Award for Grassroots Initiative (LA-APA) 2009 Award of Merit for Grassroots Initiative (CA-APA) First Annual NC Peer Award for Environment
  • Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant) [8 months later… signed MOU with the City]
    • Jan 2009: Submitted American Institute of Architects MOU to DONE/City Attorney for approval.
    Patience: some things take time
  • Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
    • Aug 2009: Met with DONE to review budget questions and MOU. AIA begins planning visit for SDAT kick-off.
    Hindsight: start working before approval!
  • Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
    • Develop community goals with the help of steering committee/leaders
    • Plan for low-hanging fruit projects for Neighborhood Council
    • Strategic approach for longer-term goals and broader partnerships
    • Ongoing: Project Team meetings and Sustainability Committee/DLANC discussion on SDAT Goals.
  • Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
    • Livability
    • Affordability
    • Efficiency
    Walkability
  • Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
    • Interactive placemaking workshop with Project for Public Spaces & James Rojas
    • Community participation to build reputation, empowerment, and determine priorities
    • Empowering all voices of the neighborhood
    • Capacity-Building What role could the Neighborhood Council play in helping the community establish and meet sustainability goals?
    • Partnerships We know our role is limited by resources and volunteer time – with whom should we partner to meet our goals?
    • Low-Hanging Fruit What projects can we undertake?
    • Long-Term Vision for the Community What should our strategic vision be for a sustainable community? How do we empower other Neighborhood Councils?
    Case Study: SDAT Project Team (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
    • We would like to see:
    • A well connected, balanced Downtown with physically, socially, and economically integrated nodes of activity at the neighborhood level; streetscapes that support pedestrian activity; and open space that is adequate, well-maintained, and accessible.
    • City services to improve sustainability that are coordinated between Departments and easily understood and accessed by Downtown stakeholders.
    SDAT Goals: Articulated through collaboration (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
    • Neighborhood Councils with the capacity, structure, and model to follow on how to achieve sustainability goals at the grassroots level.
    • An actionable strategy for improving sustainability Downtown that can be implemented by the Neighborhood Council and Steering Committee members.
    SDAT Goals: Organic development (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
    • Conference Call Discussion with AIA Staff about process and budget issues. August 2009
    • Preliminary Visit Day and a half visit by AIA Staff and AIA SDAT Project Team Leader. Tour of community and introduction to stakeholders. September 2009
    • Follow-up Conference Call Discussion of preliminary impressions of neighborhood and goals for next visit. October 2009
    • SDAT Visit National team of experts convenes for a three day visit to Los Angeles. December 2009
    SDAT Process – To Date (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
    • Walter Sedovic, AIA LEED AP SDAT Project Lead
    • Jane Jenkins Downtown Business Improvement Districts
    • Jim Diers Neighborhood Development & Governance
    • Mark McDaniel Neighborhood Revitalization
    • Eve Picker Urban Revitalization
    • Paula Reeves Bike/Pedestrian/Transportation
    • Sara Geddes Streetscape, Open Space & Sustainability
    • Robert Yakas, AIA Urban Design & Sustainability
    SDAT – The Team (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
  • The Preliminary Report Thoughts and goals as presented by the SDAT
    • As an NC, focus on:
    • Empowerment
    • Equity (social/cultural)
    • Environment
    • Economy
    • Example
  • EMPOWERMENT Thoughts and goals as presented by the SDAT
    • Expansive Base
      • All stakeholders
      • Neighborhood ID
    • Initiatives
      • Ground-up (“Organic”)
      • Complex: Stakeholder-Defined
    • Advocacy
      • Data driven
      • Shared vision
    • Partnerships
      • Leverage access to government
      • Symbiosis
    DLANC Tree Planting Pilot
  • EQUITY (Social/Cultural) Thoughts and goals as presented by the SDAT
    • Diversity in Neighborhood/Housing
      • Schools
      • Parks & Playgrounds
    • Job Creation
      • Wholesale District
      • Volunteer
      • Neighborhood Stability
    Seattle: Vacant storefront transformed for youth volunteers to repair bikes
  • ENVIRONMENT Thoughts and goals as presented by the SDAT
    • Shade
      • Vest pocket parks
      • Indigenous planting
    • Water retention
      • Xeriscape
      • Green roof initiatives
      • Bike/Pedestrian Friendly
    Neighborhood identity: what do you see?
  • ECONOMY Thoughts and goals as presented by the SDAT
    • Transportation Linkages
      • Multi-modal
      • Interspersed with green space
    • Ready for next shovel-ready opportunity
      • Philanthropic/Land Bank
      • Pedicabs
      • Art Window Shopping on Broadway
    Seattle: Local night out highlights restaurants and music
  • EXAMPLE Thoughts and goals as presented by the SDAT
    • Baby Steps / Major Initiatives
      • Measure success
      • Data-driven change
    • Application
      • City-wide
      • Regional
      • Disseminate success stories
      • Paradigms/recipes
      • Prepare for world stage
      • Empowerment
  • Our outlook is critical Thoughts and goals as presented by the SDAT
    • Move away from “NO”
      • The city has no money…
      • We can’t stop this…
      • We can’t change the streets…
      • We can’t fight the city…
    • to “YES WE CAN”
      • Focus on the power we do have – PEOPLE – stakeholders, community organizations, neighborhoods
  •  
  • Community resources Maximize existing resources to envision a future for your community The “gift economy” – what can you give to your neighborhood?
  • Abandoned storefronts re-imagined
  • Community-led change realized
  • What does your community need? Vacant right of way?
  • Built by the community For the community A recipe for success Community ownership and pride … or a community garden?
  • NEXT STEPS SDAT provides final report in March 2010
    • Outreach on SDAT
      • Engage other NCs in this process and outcome
    • Report - recommendations
      • SDAT has been challenged to provide real projects and obtainable solutions
      • Our work is already underway
      • Focus on expanding what we’ve learned to date
    Grant application, preliminary report presentation and other information available online.
  • 2010 Community-Based Initiatives (Sustainability Committee: lessons learned)
    • 2009 project success/failures Evaluating last year’s projects provided valuable lessons
      • Taking a new approach to this year’s project structure. Instead of committee-led projects, focusing on empowering community members to take lead with the support of DLANC.
    • Remaining focused on our mission Reviewing our goals and objectives for the community annually enhances our vision for the community
      • Where do we see our neighborhood in five years?
    • Best practices Efficiency of learning from the past
      • Empower community to take on similar projects and ideas by providing information, resources, tools (outreach, templates, contacts, funding, etc.)
  • 2010 Community-Based Initiatives (Sustainability Committee: structure)
    • Project Team Leaders Oversee project progress (community volunteer)
      • Responsible for coordinating project meetings and developing project objectives for implementation
    • Project Teams Participate in project development (subcommittee)
      • Attend project meetings to volunteer their time and interest in the project goals.
    • Committee Chairs Coordinate committee activities (administrative lead)
      • Outreach and communication are primary responsibilities. Organize and document best practices.
  • Los Angeles is rapidly changing . The residential population increases annually. Social equity is an issue for all neighborhoods. There are empty tree wells, open storm drains, and a lot of waste. Practical , accessible, affordable solutions will have the most immediate impact.
  • Get involved with your neighborhood council. Share your passion for the environment. Civic engagement will save our city. downtownsustainability.com
  •  
  • Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) Objective: Create a tree planting initiative that maps opportunities for new street trees downtown. Set a realistic goal for number of trees planted in 2009 and identify key areas of the neighborhood with the greatest need.
  • Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) FEB Project Lead (Board Member) designed program for outreach, education, and advocacy.
    • Create a pilot
    • Understand the issues
    • Inspire other projects (Rotary Club)
  • Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) APR Research and community outreach to tree planting organizations, neighborhood stakeholders. Contacted every elected official with our neighborhood in their district (State, County, City).
  • Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) MAY Community outreach and a project team meeting to enlist volunteers for the project.
    • Community Partner Los Angeles Conservation Corps
  • Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) JUN “ Tree Fair” Educational Event at Central Public Library for information about planting trees.
    • Los Angeles Conservation Corps
    • Million Trees LA
    • DWP
    • Rotary Club of Los Angeles Morning
    • LA Neighborhood Land Trust
    • Pershing Square
  • Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) JUN Survey Day with volunteers from Skid Row and the community-at-large for a morning walk/early afternoon around the neighborhood
  • Tree Planting Survey Day (June 2006)
  • Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) ONGOING Outreach and ongoing discussions with community partners. Research into maintenance funding – grants, elected officials, and Neighborhood Council Funds ($500).
  • Case Study: Skid Row Pilot Project (Project 2: Tree Planting) OCT Designation as a “Signature Project” with a $11,160 maintenance budget 31 trees to maintain * 2 times a month * 12 months = $372/month 3 years of maintenance (24 gal trees) $4,500 committed $6,660 to raise
  • Case Study: Skid Row Pilot (Project 2: Tree Planting)
    • Phase I: planting 31 trees on S. Alameda
    • Committed three years for maintenance
    • Million Trees Signature Tree status means bigger trees were planted
    • Pursuing additional funding for Phase II
  • They’re here! (Project 2: Tree Planting)
    • 24-gallon Fern Pine Trees podocarpus macrophylla
    Tree Planting Demonstration
    • Pilot Develop a project template for future community-based tree planting initiatives
    • Evaluate the issues Create a resource tool for the neighborhood through documentation and outreach
    • Inspire other projects Foster partnerships to address community issues
      • One of the volunteers would like to partner with DLANC for new community garden project.
    • Empowerment Representing our Community as a Knowledgeable and Inclusive Voice
    Case Study: Skid Row Pilot (Project 2: Tree Planting)