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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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  • 36.9% increase from 2006
  • 36.9% increase from 2006
  • Timeline (20 hrs/month total)* six months
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    • 1. Community-driven change
    • 2.
      • 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
    • 3.
      • Pasadena-Harbor Fwy (110)
      • Hollywood Fwy (101)
      • Santa Monica Fwy (10)
      • LA River
      1 3 4 2 Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (Founded 2002)
    • 4. 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)
    • 5. 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
    • 6. 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
    • 7. 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
    • 8. 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.
    • 9. 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
    • 10. 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
    • 11. 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
    • 12. 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
    • 13. 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
    • 14. 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!
    • 15. 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.
    • 16. Case Study: SDAT (Project 6: Sustainable Design Assessment Team Grant)
      • Livability
      • Affordability
      • Efficiency
      Walkability
    • 17. 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
    • 18.
      • Empowering all voices of the neighborhood
    • 19.
      • 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)
    • 20.
      • 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)
    • 21.
      • 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)
    • 22.
      • 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)
    • 23.
      • 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)
    • 24. The Preliminary Report Thoughts and goals as presented by the SDAT
      • As an NC, focus on:
      • Empowerment
      • Equity (social/cultural)
      • Environment
      • Economy
      • Example
    • 25. 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
    • 26. 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
    • 27. 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?
    • 28. 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
    • 29. 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
    • 30. 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
    • 31.  
    • 32. Community resources Maximize existing resources to envision a future for your community The “gift economy” – what can you give to your neighborhood?
    • 33. Abandoned storefronts re-imagined
    • 34. Community-led change realized
    • 35. What does your community need? Vacant right of way?
    • 36. Built by the community For the community A recipe for success Community ownership and pride … or a community garden?
    • 37. 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.
    • 38. 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.)
    • 39. 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.
    • 40. 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.
    • 41. Get involved with your neighborhood council. Share your passion for the environment. Civic engagement will save our city. downtownsustainability.com
    • 42.  
    • 43. 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.
    • 44. 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)
    • 45. 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).
    • 46. 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
    • 47. 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
    • 48. 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
    • 49. Tree Planting Survey Day (June 2006)
    • 50. 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).
    • 51. 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
    • 52. 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
    • 53. They’re here! (Project 2: Tree Planting)
      • 24-gallon Fern Pine Trees podocarpus macrophylla
      Tree Planting Demonstration
    • 54.
      • 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)